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ChatChat - Claudia Cragg

Jan 9, 2015


KGNU's Claudia Cragg speaks here with Thomas Page McBee, writer (Rumpus, Vice) and author of 'Man Alive'. In this, McBee attempts to answer what it is to be a man by focusing on two of the men who most impacted his life: one, his otherwise ordinary father who abused him as a child, and the other, a mugger who almost killed him. Standing at the brink of the life-changing decision to transition from female to male, McBee is seeking to understand these examples of flawed manhood and explains how a brush with violence sent him on the quest to untangle a sinister past, and freed him to become the man he was meant to be.

 'Man Alive' engages through an extraordinary personal story to tell a universal one—how we all struggle to create ourselves, and how this struggle often requires risks. Far from a transgender transition tell-all, Man Alive grapples with the larger questions of legacy and forgiveness, love and violence, agency and invisibility.