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Joel Stein          

Columnist, TIME Magazine Author, Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

Since joining TIME in 1997, Joel Stein has written 13 cover stories, including one in which George Clooney came to his house for dinner. He covers food and celebrities for TIME, but also writes about other topics, such as politics, business, sports and technology.

In 2002 Joel wrote the back page column for Entertainment Weekly; from 2004-2009 he wrote a weekly opinion column for the Los Angeles Times; he currently writes a monthly column for Men's Health. He has also contributed to the New Yorker, Businessweek, Fortune, Wired, Esquire, GQ, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Sunset, Elle, Playboy, Women's Health and a whole lot of magazine that have folded in the last few years, none of which was his fault.

Stein has appeared on any many TV shows including VH-1's I Love the '80's, 101 Hottest Hot Hotties, as well as Real Time with Bill Maher, Nightline, the Today Show, Good Morning America and the ABC Nightly News.

Although he was a writer for one season of an ABC sitcom (Crumbs), he has spent far more time writing failed pilots for network (five of them, two of which were shot, none of which the public was asked to endure). He has spent a week as a fellow at the Hoover Institute on the Stanford campus, where he got his B.A. and M.A. in English. He also taught humor writing at Princeton, where they probably should be doing more important things.

In Stein's first book, Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity, Joel finally learns, at age 39,to be a man. In the book, he goes a round with the UFC's Randy Couture, fires an Abrams tank at Ft. Hood, does boot camp with the Marines, spends a day as a firefighter, builds a house, works in a race car pit crew, goes turkey hunting and earns his first Boy Scout badge during a camping trip.

In 1998, he began writing his sophomoric humor column that now appears in the magazine every week. He's also written fourteen cover stories for TIME, and has contributed to The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Details, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Businessweek, Wired, Real Simple, Sunset, Playboy, Elle, Los Angeles Times, and many more magazines, most of which have gone out of business. He has appeared as a talking head on any TV show that asks him, taught a class in humor writing at Princeton, and wrote a weekly column for the back page of Entertainment Weekly and the opinion section of the Los Angeles Times.

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TIME Columnist & Comedian

The World According To Joel Stein

Joel Stein often says the things we wish we could say, and asks the questions we wish we could ask — but don’t. The kind that got him hung up on by various celebrities. He takes on unpopular issues like why we need elites to run our organizations, why dogs are overrated and why net neutrality is an awful idea.

Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity

When Joel Stein became the father of a son, he pictured having to go camping, and fix a car, and use a hammer, and throw a football, and watch professionals throw footballs, and figure out whether to be sad or happy about the results of said football throwing.

So begins his quest to confront his effete nature whether he likes it or not (he doesn't), by doing a twenty-four-hour shift with L.A. firefighters, going hunting, rebuilding a house, driving a Lamborghini, enduring three days of boot camp with the U.S. Army, day-trading with $100,000, and going into the ring with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Seeking help from a panel of experts, including his manly father-in-law, Boy Scouts of America, former NFL star Warren Sapp, former MLB All-Star Shawn Green, Adam Carolla, and a pit bull named Hercules, he expects to learn that masculinity is defined not by the size of his muscles, but by the size of his heart (also, technically, a muscle). Turns out, that is not at all what he learns.

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