AA Gill On... Fear

Dear Uncle,

I'm frightened.

Anonymous, by email

And so you should be. Frightened is the natural state for all men.

There is much to be frightened about and of. What's more frightening is you don't know the half of it. The measure of a man's life is how he copes with the terrible wall of fear.

The traditional manly remedies are: rigorous self-delusion (an absolute refusal to face anything remotely akin to reality or even open an envelope); drink; and mood-altering masturbation.

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And for this you need a really comprehensive wank bank.