With a rare clarity and fearless honesty, journalist Daemon Fairless tackles the horrors and compulsions of male violence from the perspective of someone who struggles with violent impulses himself, creating a non-fiction masterpiece with the narrative power of novels such as Fight Club and A History of Violence.
Daemon Fairless is a writer and journalist with a master's degree in neuroscience, who has worked as a producer on CBC Radio's flagship current affairs show As It Happens, and as a print journalist for the science journal Nature. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
Mad Blood Stirring
A man, no matter how civilized, is still an animal—and sometimes a dangerous one. Men are responsible for the lion's share of assault, rape, murder and warfare. Conventional wisdom chalks this up to socialization, that men are taught to be violent. And they are. But there's more to it. Violence is a dangerous desire—a set of powerful and inherent emotions we are loath to own up to. And so there remains a hidden geography to male violence—an inner ecosystem of rage, dominance, blood-lust, insecurity and bravado—yet to be mapped. Mad Blood Stirring is journalist Daemon Fairless's riveting first-person travelogue through this territory as he seeks to understand the inner lives of violent men and, ultimately, himself.
Rachel Giese is an award-winning writer and editor in Toronto. Her weekly column on politics, pop culture and feminism appears in Chatelaine, Canada's preeminent women's magazine, where she is the editor-at-large. She is a regular contributor and guest host at CBC Radio. Before it met its untimely end in 2014, she was the deputy editor of The Grid, an internationally recognized newsweekly; prior to that she was a senior editor at The Walrus, a Canadian magazine covering politics and culture. Her book about modern boyhood and masculinity will be published by Patrick Crean Editions/HarperCollins Canada in 2018.