New Essay at AlterNet: Why The Macho Sludge Peddled by ‘American Sniper’ Is Really Cowardice

Martin Luther King exemplifies real bravery in Selma...

In my new essay for AlterNet, I compare the conflicting notions of heroism and manhood playing out in the cinema between Selma and American Sniper and Martin Luther King and Chris Kyle. Then, with a little help from King, Gore Vidal, Paul Newman, Jim Harrison, and Bruce Springsteen, I also present a case for America to progress beyond its macho glorification of violence, and move toward a manhood that allows for tenderness, sensitivity, and compassion.

Read it at AlterNet.