Nick Hornby on “Proper Men”

“There are men who call, and men who don’t call, and I’d much, much rather be one of the latter. They are proper men, the sort of men that women have in mind when they moan about us. It’s a safe, solid, meaningless stereotype: the man who appears not to give a shit, who gets ditched and maybe sits in the pub on his own for a couple of evenings, and then gets on with things; and though next time around he trusts even less than he did, he hasn’t made a fool of himself, or frightened anybody, and this week I’ve done both of those things.”

— from High Fidelity by Nick Hornby




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