Thomas Page McBee attempts to answer the question, “What does it mean to be a man?” His new book focuses on the two men who most impacted his life, his father who abused him as a child and a mugger who almost killed him. He seeks to understand these examples of flawed manhood while grappling with the decision to transition from female to male. Man Alive is extraordinarily personal, while still telling the universal story of how we struggle to create ourselves.
“Being human means being at the mercy of others. It’s uncomfortable at that knife’s edge, but you’ve still got a choice about who dictates how you live.” – Thomas Page McBee, Man Alive
In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks with Thomas Page Mcbee about his new book, Man Alive: A True Story of Violence, Forgiveness and Becoming a Man.
Thomas Page McBee writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and via TheAtlantic.com, VICE, BuzzFeed, and Salon. An early version of Man Alive won the Mary Tanenbaum nonfiction award from the San Francisco Foundation and was a finalist for the 2012 Bakeless literary prize administered by Graywolf and Breadloaf. Thomas gives lectures on gender and media narratives across the country. He lives in New York City, where he is now at work on a book about masculinity.