Real Man Adventures

Real Man Adventures A few years ago the novelist T Cooper wrote his parents a letter telling them he wasn t their daughter any And that was the good news Real Man Adventures is Cooper s brash wildly inventive and ofte

  • Title: Real Man Adventures
  • Author: T. Cooper
  • ISBN: 9781938073007
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A few years ago, the novelist T Cooper wrote his parents a letter telling them he wasn t their daughter any And that was the good news Real Man Adventures is Cooper s brash, wildly inventive, and often comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity He takes us through his transition into identifying as male, and how he went on to marry his wifeA few years ago, the novelist T Cooper wrote his parents a letter telling them he wasn t their daughter any And that was the good news Real Man Adventures is Cooper s brash, wildly inventive, and often comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity He takes us through his transition into identifying as male, and how he went on to marry his wife and become an adoring stepfather of two children Alternately bemused and exasperated when he feels compelled to explain all this, Cooper never loses his sense of humor Ten Things People Assume I Understand About Women But Actually Don t, reads one chapter title, while another proffers Sometimes I Think the Whole of Modern History Can Be Explained by Testosterone A brilliant collage of letters, essays, interviews with his brother, with his wife, with the parents of other transgender children , artwork, and sharp evocations of difficult conversations with old friends and puzzled bureaucrats, Real Man Adventures will forever change what you think about what it means to be a man.

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    1. T Cooper comes across as a real asshole. This is everything I dislike about some members of my male identified cohort. The belief in the binary, the reification of bullshit macho behavior as a result of T, and the general embrace of misogyny. To top it off, I finally read the explanation of why Kate Bornstein still uses the word "tranny" from an interview with her in this book. It does not include an analysis of race and privilege at all and to put it bluntly is some bullshit. I finished this an [...]

    2. This month's Rumpus book club selection was a title I knew nothing about when I opened the envelope. Placing my full trust in the quality of the usual Rumpus selection, I immediately sat down and read it from cover to cover in a day and a half. There is no doubt Mr. Cooper can write and write well. His style is journalistic and the essays and intereviews are a personal exploration of transgenderism. Many times during the reading of this book I was reminded of my freshman rhetoric instrcutor at t [...]

    3. When we think man, we think dick. Not as in “he’s a dick” but as in “he has one.” However, there are men out there who defy this physical norm. T Cooper was born female. He was labeled a tomboy in his early years and a dyke in his later years. However, these words didn’t describe him. They were labels created by cultural prescriptions of the people describing him. He was a man and he is still a man.Nonetheless, this dick thing really gets in the way. Imagine being a man without one. [...]

    4. Read this for Queer Book Club. The narrative drove me a bit mad and I found myself offended rather frequently. If this is what Real Man Adventures sound like, it's not too mysterious why I have more close female friends. So many uses of female terms used as derogatory.Some of the interviews really didn't work for me as it was clear that someone had just been given or emailed a list of questions; there was no back-and-forth engagement with the answers. Even with some of the interviews that were r [...]

    5. Disappointing. Disjointed. I am not sure what the point was; T Cooper includes various (some of which are somewhat interesting) thoughts on being transgendered and on being a man, the most interesting of which were interviews with family members of trans-men. But then there are too many chapters full of angry-activist-toned thoughts/rants. Clearly, for T, making the decision to live as a man has been fraught with complexities and fears. He is still glad for all he has in his life, in spite of al [...]

    6. Many memoirs intentionally or unintentionally flatten the author to a single aspect, sometimes doing so by hiding behind beautiful language. While T. Cooper talks about being transgender on almost every page of this fascinating memoir, he allows himself to be a real person – exploring his strengths and weaknesses, his hopes and fears (many but not all of which are related to being trans), while acknowledging that other trans people may have a very different experience. His writing is beautiful [...]

    7. ich hab es auf deutsch gelesen:"von einer, die auszog ein mann zu werden"wieder mal ein schlechter titel für eine trans geschichte. bravo.die person verbietet sich im buch von ihm als "ihr" zu reden, warum macht es also der titel?aber dafür kann der autor ja nichts.In dem buch geht t cooper verschiedenen themen nach, die ihn rund um transsein beschäftigen oder zu denen er als aktivist oft befragt wird. zum beispiel: sichtbarkeit, minderwertigkeitsgefühle, was ist ein "mann", transfeindlichke [...]

    8. A series of essays from a trans man. Kindle quotes:IN MY “JOURNEY,” THERE have been some new truths, even if they are also stereotypes: 1. I don’t cry as much as I used to. Or: It takes way more to make me cry. 2. I am angry more frequently. Or: It takes way less to make me blazing mad. 3. I don’t get as bummed out by things as I used to. Or: my mood is generally positive. 4. I have less patience. 5. I am not as adept at communicating. 6. I want to have relations with my wife, all of the [...]

    9. Cooper wrote many chapters in list form, so I feel that it's acceptable to review in list form.1. The book reads very much like a diary or blog; there is a lot of anger and frustration.2. If you pick T as your name, that's unusual, but fine. I know another person with a letter as a first name, short for nothing, just the letter. But with any name that's unusual, I think you should expect to get questions. If people asking about it bothers you enough that you write an angry section of your book a [...]

    10. The package for this book is absolutely top-notchI was just disappointed that the content wasn't quite as high quality. The book is designed like an old pulp novel (from an actual cover of a men's magazine from the 50s, believe it or not), and comes in a blacked out plastic bag like it's a porno mag (a couple of old signifiers of the uber-masculine).The book itself is a memoir about being a FTM trans individual and coming to terms with explaining that to others (and the continuing nonacceptance, [...]

    11. Gender studies classes, independent research, and incredibly smart friends aren’t going to teach you everything about the transgender community. And neither will this book. But it sure as hell is a start. Cooper explores every insecurity, every hope, every joy about his FTM identity. He is uncensored in the way he explores how his parents might perceive him, his stories about his wife and step children are beautiful, and his examination of the LGBT community’s need to be more vocal about tra [...]

    12. A memoir by a transgender man, it's made up of lists, interviews, and essays. I liked it, I didn't love it. The interviews were interesting, there's one with Kate Bornstein, and one with T Cooper's brother, and some with family members of people who have transitioned. One review on mentioned that there's this low level misogyny throughout the book, and I agree with that. The author is definitely like, look at me, I'm married to a beautiful woman, I have two stepchildren, look at how normal I am [...]

    13. I don't normally choose to read a lot of non-fiction, but this is well done. I can see why Cooper both didn't really want to write a book about this and, at the same time, felt that he needed to. His selection of what to include seems pretty apt and he's got a nice to read, punchy prose style. I don't think he's got the final answer to the whole gender issue for anyone beyond himself (and we started getting into that whole rabbit hole the moment we started mixing gender roles and gender identity [...]

    14. I don't knowon the one hand, Great for you, writing this book about being a transman. I'm totally interested. Tell me all about it! But thenon the other handI ended up wanting more, and wishing he had delved a little deeper, and maybe not been so scared ofelucidating. You're not talking to the assholes. You're talking to the supporters. I don't feel like I know very much more than I did before I read the book, and that's kind of disappointing. You left me wanting morebut less in the good kind of [...]

    15. I picked this book up at my local library because I found the cover and title to be amusing. Yes, I judge on appearances. Oops. Anyway, this is a great tale told about a man who just wants to be a loving father and husband and do his own thing. By the way, he's trans. When I first started reading this book, I had absolutely no clue as to what I was getting into. However, T Cooper writes in an extremely compelling and enjoyable style, and I was blown away by his personal story. Great read, and if [...]

    16. Great collection of essays and interviews on the subject of gender identity. I don't think the promotional blurb really did it justice -- i.e. 'check out this hilarious book from McSweeney's where the author interviews a guy with a giant penis', so that people expect something funny and outrageous. There are funny moments, there is certainly witty writing, but sometimes it is also heartbreaking. If you have had any issues with gender identity, some of it will hit quite close to home. Definitely [...]

    17. T Cooper has this “thing,” he calls it. He says it is a part of his past but he also kind of thinks it defines everything he is now. T’s a writer, a husand, father and he rescues Pit Bulls, but he was also designated female at birth and transitioned later in life. This is his, sort of, memoir/societal study on what manliness and masculinity is. With great humor and stark frankness, Cooper sheds some light on a subject I knew little about through a series of short essays and interviews with [...]

    18. This made me reflect a lot on the struggles in my life and then take a look a society. There are a lot of things in this book that I think everyone should know/learn about, there a lot of tips in here and insights that people who are transitioning, or thinking about transitioning, have someone they know who is, or just want to be well informed--should probably read this. Hell, most everyone should read this. It's humorous, but also takes a nice snapshot of realities in our society from the view [...]

    19. Generally quite engaging and often moving: I definitely teared up more than once. (Which might annoy Cooper, since he is *definitely* not a sentimentalist.) His take on much of the identity politics surrounding trans issues is to the side of the mainstream, and it's nice to hear an allied, but divergent perspective. The dialogue between him and the ever-provocative Kate Boorstein over the T-word is worth the price of admission in and of itself.

    20. Solid. I cracked up at some points and read the whole thing in less than twelve hours (more because I was in that kind of mood and it's an easy read---lots of little short essays), so. There wasn't anything really new here for me, but it's probably a lot more original and interesting for most everyone else. I did like the writing, though.I probably should have deducted points for use of "cunt," "twat," and "bitch" as insults. Not cute, dude.

    21. This book was really great at the start, but I couldn't finish it. There wasn't any tension pushing me to the end, but that expectation is coming from a fiction reader. I got about 3/4 of the way through and felt like I got what the author wanted me to get. It was a lot of the same stuff over and over. Good stuff, don't get me wrong. I just have so much stuff on my shelves, I want to be as efficient and deliberate with my reading as possible.

    22. There was absolutely no information I knew prior to reading this book,and it made it all the better to begin.T.Cooper was a writer I heard about, had read his story, "The Husband" published by One Story a year ago, but nothing more.This book is far more than a memoir. It can't even exactly fit in that category.It's hard to give a review here and feel its sufficient.Crack open the cover, and give it a shot. It's unforgettable.

    23. I couldn't decide if I should give this book three starts or four it's somewhere in the 3.5 range - do I round up or down?This book started off fantastic and sort of ended feeling like T Cooper had a bunch of additional material he wanted to include, but wasn't sure where to stick it, so he just clumped it all at the end.Am I glad I read it? Definitely. Do I wish it had ended about 100 pages sooner? Possibly

    24. As my friend who gave me the book (because he couldn't stand to have it in his possession anymore) said, I was thinking that the cover and the manliest hetero man bullshit would be ironic, except it wasn't. This person gives transguys a bad name. Beyond that, the writing was completely disjointed and not cohesive and just came across as lazy. And who knew so much transphobia could come from a transperson? Sigh.

    25. When you walk into the library determined to read a book from the fourth floor with a red spine, your expectations are tempered. So saying that far exceeded my expectations doesn't really do it justice. It's very McSweeney's; it was lovely as a book and would be just as lovely as a (really) long-form article on a Sunday morning.

    26. Hmm Very unsure about where I fall on this one. Perhaps a searing and honest collage of a man's life? Perhaps it was reaching, but fell flat. At times it felt like it was nearing a powerful critique and deconstruction of masculinity, but either shied away -- or even settled for a misogynistic/homophobic/transphobic definition of masculinity.

    27. This is a real bummer of a book. T Cooper can write well, but the words are so painful it's impossible to not physically cringe. This book basically reinforces the gender binary and all the things that are problematic with masculinity. I feel really sad that so many rad people were involved with this book.

    28. As the community calls it, transgender 101.T. Cooper writes well about his experiences and feelings as a trans man. However, his use of some descriptive words to describe transgender people is considered offensive and would hope that readers would not consider this culturally acceptable. Having enjoyed his novels so much, I was a little disappointed.

    29. A wonderful book, and unlike anything I'd read before. Great voice, and a mixture of personal stories, interviews, lists, photographs, etc. Everything comes together well. I love the footnotes. I learned a lot, and was really moved by T's story. He has a way with words, and it's very honestly told.

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