Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Secrets of Boys : The New Yorker (Or, The Frenz Experiment)

The Book Bench: Ask an Academic: The Secrets of Boys : The New Yorker:

Her research includes interviews with black, Latino, white, and Asian-American boys as they progressed through adolescence. In the first chapter, we meet Justin, a fifteen-year-old boy: 
"[My best friend and I] love each other … that’s it … you have this thing that is deep, so deep, it’s within you, you can’t explain it. It’s just a thing that you know that that person is that person … and that is all that should be important in our friendship … I guess in life, sometimes two people can really, really, understand each other and really have a trust, respect and love for each other. It just happens, it’s human nature."
Based on what Justin says, one might predict that this is a friendship bound to last, but as Way points out in the book, boys tend to become more distrustful, lose their friendships, and begin to feel increasingly isolated and alone as they reach “manhood.”
Reading this article and reflecting on my own experience, it was perhaps inevitable my internal DJ would start spinning:

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