Phillips stays focused on the book’s themes while writing honestly about his anxiety over auditioning, his mother’s suicide, and his efforts to be a faithful Christian, a good husband, and a good father. In a poignant essay about his late father, Phillips laments the diminished role of fathers in the culture in general:If you are interested, here is Phillips' website. On the issue of loss of honor, Christina Hoff Summers' interview with James Bowman, who recently wrote a book called Honor: A History, is also insightful, if at points wrong-headed.It is a shame that as social currency, fatherhood has been so drastically devalued. A man’s honor is cheap… Boys must see the pride in their father’s smile, feel the firm hand of a father’s discipline, and hear the bite of correction in his voice. Boys will not grow into men unless men lead them…Boys do not need male role models and they don’t need father figures; they need fathers in the home.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Black Conservative Actor
La Shawn Barber reviews Joseph C. Phillips, He Talk Like a White Boy.
Posted by Tom at 9:56 AM