Magazine September 9, 2019, Issue

American Men

Workers put the final touches on a natural gas well platform near Parachute, Colo., 2014. (Jim Urquhart/Reuters)
In the hurly-burly of politics, we usually don’t stop to note our simple, unadorned love of the things that make this country so marvelous. That’s what we’ve asked our contributors to our latest special issue, "What We Love about America," to do.

American men! Along with blue jeans (I have three pairs of real workpants from Tractor Supply) and a messy house (don’t ask), they let you be yourself and get on with things. They’re also the kindest, most decent, most loving men there are. Some, at 15, were already fantasizing about marshaling breakfast for whining, barking, yowling households. Get them drunk enough — a tough job, as a rule — and they may confess this.

They pine for smart and bitchy women. Back when I was dating, my most fascinating remarks were quotations from Juvenal. My most alluring gesture was the bird.

To Read the Full Story
Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

In This Issue

What We Love About America


American Men

American men — with few exceptions — treat you like a human being, in a free, natural way, because they’ve done it from the nation’s youth.

Books, Arts & Manners



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