Soft-Boiled: An Investigation of Masculinity and The Writer’s Life
SOFT-BOILED follows Stephen J. West as he shadows a private investigator by the name of Frank Streets. What starts out as a last-ditch effort to write West's first book--while juggling responsibilities as a husband and new father--becomes a critical reflection on art-making, storytelling, and masculinity in America. Blending memoir, reportage, criticism, and detective thriller into one capacious yet focused narrative, SOFT-BOILED is a lyrical and aching self-reflexive portrait of an artist that asks the questions so many men are afraid to ask.
West, Stephen J., "Soft-Boiled: An Investigation of Masculinity and The Writer’s Life" (2022). Fisher Bookshelf. 64.