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The Trouble with Men

Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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David Shields’s The Trouble with Men: Reflections on Sex, Love, Marriage, Porn, and Power is an immersion into the perils, limits, and possibilities of human intimacy. All at once a love letter to his wife, a nervy reckoning with his own fallibility, a meditation on the impact of porn on American culture, and an attempt to understand marriage (one marriage, the idea of marriage, all marriages), The Trouble with Men is exquisitely balanced between the personal and the anthropological, nakedness and restraint. 

While unashamedly intellectual, it’s also irresistibly accessible and extremely moving. Over five increasingly intimate chapters, Shields probes the contours of his own psyche and marriage, marshalling a chorus of other voices that leaven, deepen, and universalize his experience; his goal is nothing less than a deconstruction of eros and conventional masculinity. Masterfully woven throughout is an unmistakable and surprisingly tender cri de coeur to his wife. The risk and vulnerability on display are in the service of radical candor, acerbic wit, real emotion, and profound insight - exactly what we’ve come to expect from Shields, who, in an open invitation to the listener, leaves everything transparent.

©2019 David Shields (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Malek
  • 27-11-19

Lossly connected ideas

The book seemed like a collection of random and loosely connected ideas about the sexuality of man mostly describing the conflicting urges of the author. I struggled to follow or take home any messages from this book!
Interesting subject that needs more exploration and the writer style was authentic and honest but couldn’t make solid ideas or conclusions to understand man’s sexuality.