From Pat Conroy’s Beach Music:
American men are allotted just as many tears as American women. But because we are forbidden to shed them, we die long before women do with our hearts exploding or our blood pressure rising or our lives eaten away by alcohol because that lake of grief inside us has no outlet. We, men, die because our faces were not watered enough.
Brian Doyle’s latest piece in The Sun, “Cut,” is a lovely complement to this.