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William Giraldi on life as a bookish bodybuilder: ‘It’s a poisoned way to be a man’

As a teenager, William Giraldi would pump himself full of steroids, hit the gym … and secretly read Keats. His new memoir examines the absurdities of modern masculinity and envisages a better world in which his sons don’t get caught in its toxic grip: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/05/william-giraldi-on-life-as-a-bookish-bodybuilder-its-a-poisoned-way-to-be-a-man?CMP=twt_gu