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Looking for a Few Good Men

good_men_logoLast year, close friends and business partners, Tom Matlack and James Houghton, engaged in several deep discussions about the true meaning of manhood. From those discussions, The Good Men Project: Real Stories from the Front Lines of Modern Manhood was born. The new book features 31 essays by men from all walks of life, and portrays a wide spectrum of the male experience, from heartbreak to redemption. A 53-minute film documentary, of the same name, has also been released. “We really wanted to spark a national conversation on what it means to be a man, and to help the 30 million boys and girls in our country who don’t have a father,” states Tom Matlack in an interview with L.A. Times’ Jacket Copy. The goal for this project is to help men realize they are not alone. Many feel they have to struggle with emotional issues and societal pressures in silence. Matlack and Houghton hope the men’s real-life stories will be relatable in a non-threatening way. “By getting to know them and reading their stories, I’m better for it. Our hope is that the people who read the book feel the same way,” explains Matlack.

All the profits from the book and documentary will go to The Good Men Project, the partners’ non-profit foundation that supports organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. To further the conversation, they’ve established a strong web presence, utilizing YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. The authors have also scheduled a nationwide tour, with screenings, readings and panel discussions of what it means to be a good man in today’s world. “For me, it means loving my wife passionately, taking care of my three kids the best way I know how, and doing something for someone other than myself,” says Matlack.

Read L.A. Times interview

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