Wednesday, March 26, 2014

'Mistaken for Strangers' and Male Competitiveness

The National are releasing a documentary this Friday called Mistaken for Strangers. It's not really about the band, though: It's about the simmering sibling rivalry between lead singer Matt Berninger and his dopey screw-up of a younger brother Tom who tags along with the band during a European tour. The movie affected me in a personal way: As a competitive person who sometimes has problems with male friendships, I found myself feeling for both Matt and Tom. So I devoted this week's Culture Club column at Playboy to the phenomenon of male rivalry. I really hope I'm not alone in feeling these feelings -- and I hope you like the piece.