Comedian, actor, and father Michael Ian Black wants to get (mostly) serious about the trouble with masculinity. He steps up in a livestreamed presentation to share a heartfelt letter to his college-bound son—which also happens to be his book A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son—to offer a poignant look at boyhood, reveal his own complicated relationship with his father, and explore the damage caused by the expectations placed on boys to “man up.” Black searches for the best way to help his son be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world in which the word “masculinity” now goes hand in hand with “toxic.” With humility and inspiration for us all, Black invites us to find the path forward together as we navigate the complex gender issues of our time.
Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, and writer who started his career with the sketch comedy show The State on MTV. Black is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried, and the parody A Child’s First Book of Trump. His books for adults include the memoirs You’re Not Doing It Right and Navel Gazing, and the essay collection My Custom Van.
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