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Encore: Michael Ian Black Talks Masculinity

Michael Ian Black on writing his book as a letter to his son about masculinity.

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Episode Notes

On the Gist, Mike is out this week, so we’re digging in the archives for some of our best interviews.

In the interview, Mike is joined by author, comedian, podcast host, and actor Michael Ian Black to talk about his latest book, A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. Black was persuaded to write the book after publishing a New York Times op-ed on school shootings and gun control in 2018. Part advice and part memoir, A Better Man poses the question: why is it always boys and young men who are pulling the trigger? Black challenges readers to expand their definition of masculinity while refraining from denigrating qualities traditionally seen as feminine.

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