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Glenn O'Brien on How To Be A Man: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Glenn O'Brien

Glenn O'Brien is the author of How To Be A Man, and the Style Guy columnist for GQ. He also created and hosted TV Party, the seminal new wave television show, and edited Interview magazine in its early days.

The book is a collection of essays on the subject of masculinity: from dandyism (he's in support) to how to handle your old age.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. There's been a recent rash of advice on the subject of how to be a man. It's come from all corners; maybe it's fueled by economic insecurities, maybe it's fueled by social change. Rare among those doing the advising though has been, frankly, much qualification in that area. My guest Glenn O'Brien, however, is flush with such qualifications; he's been the style guide columnist in GQ magazine for a number of years now. He's also had a distinguished career elsewhere in the magazine industry, serving recently as Editorial Director of Brandt Publications which publishes Interview, Art in America, and Antiques, among his many other jobs in magazines. In the early 1980s, in fact, he served as one of the first editors and Art Directors of Interview; a job which came to him through his involvement in Andy Warhol's Factory. He was also the magazine's first music critic.

He wrote the film Downtown 81 with Jean-Michel Basquiat in the early 1980s, but not released until just a few years ago, and he hosted the iconic new wave television program TV Party. His new book is called How to be a Man, but it isn't really a book of advice, it's a collection of meditations ranging from clothes to the utility of celebrity to the best ways to handle ones dotage.

Glenn O'Brien, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

GLENN O'BRIEN: Hi, thanks for having me on.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 60: Discretion for Miles

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We've wished our father a Happy Father's Day the only way we know how: By making him proud of the things we say in our audio podcast. We probably should have asked him whether discussions about Hitler's ghost are the kind of thing that made him proud.

Suggested talking points: DickTwit, Hanging Out, Taco Bell Practicality, Hitler King vs. TMNChurchill, Dylan's BBGear, Tag It, Perfect Ponies, Pudcast, Pawnties, Grandpa Foot Fetish

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 180: Mushroom Omelettes with Jonah Ray

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Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray from The Nerdist Podcast joins us to talk about crazy things going down in Hawaii. Ray's a Hawaii native, and he talks about plate lunch, Hawaiian history, and getting beat up for making a joke about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Plus: Jesse's go-to cocktail party tale and more.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself - LIVE from MaxFunCon with Jon Dore

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Jon Dore

Comedian Jon Dore returns to join us at MaxFunCon 2011. Recorded Sunday, June 12, 2011. Accents, audience Overheards, Graham's Dad Movie Reviews, and the Littlest Hobo.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 170 - Alison Agosti

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Alison Agosti

From the piping hot city of Lost Angeles, twitperstar Alison Agosti joins us to talk about moving, lady ministers, and Dorf.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 179: Pure Dad (Live at MaxFunCon)

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Matt Besser
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Josie Long
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Greg Behrendt

Jesse and Jordan record live at MaxFunCon 2011 with special guests Matt Besser (as Zeus), Josie Long and Greg Behrendt.

(Photo by zekewilliams)

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 59: Real Talk Live: Face 2 Face 2

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More real. More talk. More live. We took to the stage at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company -- which is in Cincinnati, you might have guessed -- to do our second live show ever. Come, share in the yuks! Also, the animosity.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 169 - Andy Kallstrom

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Andy Kallstrom

Comedian Andy Kallstrom joins us to talk shorts, costumes, and the space program. Also, drunk dials!

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 58: Manifest Goodburger

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Hey, you made it! We were getting worried. Some of the guys, they were like, "Oh, listener? They're not gonna show." And we were like, "No, man, you don't know listener like we know listener. They're good for it."

Suggested talking points: Phat Beach Con 2011, Kel's Antics, High Art, Peterin' Out, Normin' Up, Twin Mayors of Birthday Town, Megatoots, Another First Kiss, Verne Troyer Awareness

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 178: Wrap Party with Rob Corddry

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Rob Corddry

Rob Corddry joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about second base, the King of Portland, marriages, pet accidents and more.

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