Issue 14 / 2000


14 / What Men Think, What Men Write

Crows, credit-card companies, and a single moment in Manhattan

The themes of the eleven essays collected in this issue are curious to consider and embrace a rich brew of topics. Although the themes of “What Men Write, What Men Think” significantly differ from those in our “Emerging Women Writers II” issue, what is worth noting about good narrative nonfiction is not so much what distinguishes the men writers from the women, but more what doesn’t. The best of this work tells a story, defines character, provides (journalistic) information, and allows for reflection and the establishment of a personal voice.

In this issue, Orman Day relates his encounters with credit-card companies; Norman Farrell Jr. describes his transition to Japan and his fascination with plant life; J. David Stevens explores his mania for driving and storytelling; Robert Vivian ruminates about crows; and short-story writer Peter LaSalle freezes a moment in Manhattan.

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