Thomas Page McBee

SELF-MADE MAN #25: Risk

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I need to be here, all skin and beard and elevator heart, where everything happens at once: the people we’ve been and the people we’re becoming creating a weird physics, time bending us toward each other, nine million stories bumping into the night, each of us calling the others home. ...more

SELF-MADE MAN #6: Observer Bias

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I am in a good mood when I meet a woman with a severe, sophisticated haircut for a business lunch on a sunny patio in Back Bay. She asks about this column, about my manuscript. It seems that some people are more at ease when they know I’m trans, some less.

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SELF-MADE MAN #5: Flipbook

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It’s magic hour on a Thursday. In my living room I do side planks on a mat for 90 seconds, and then 10 hard chin-ups in three sets.  I put weights in my backpack and feel like Superman, crushing 25 decline push-ups off a wooden chair in the kitchen.

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SELF-MADE MAN #3: Stitches

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I walked in on Rob (not his real name), an ex-jock and Affleck-like Bostonian during a covert, one-man photo shoot in the men’s room at my new job this summer, and now—due to some untold mathematics of manliness—he’s my first uber-dude friend.

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