Sam de Brito has spent more than a decade writing for TV, film and newspapers. In his books, No Tattoos Before You’re Thirty and No Sex With Your Ex, he offers advice to his unborn children. In his offerings The Lost Boys and Hello Darkness, he takes the pulse of Aussie manhood. Now it's your turn as he expounds on the business of being a bloke.

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    All Men are Liars



    Sam de Brito "Overall, it seems you're still better off to be a man," said the article in this very newspaper."Excellent!" I thought, excited to find out how good I had it because I've been gifted with testicles .

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    Having it all


    Sam de Brito I've broken into a sweat attempting to undo the knots of logic so many writers tied themselves into praising the legacy of late "lipstick feminist", Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown ...

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    Make mine a double, Barry


    Sam de Brito If I ever needed another reason not to go out in Sydney's "Golden Mile", Kings Cross, it came on Wednesday when the NSW government announced I, an adult, may soon not be allowed to drink after...

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    Death knock


    Sam de Brito Everybody, it seems, knows how to do a journalist's job better than they do; with more integrity, greater insight, fuller imagination and better "splleing".

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    The spectrum


    Sam de Brito The more brawny professional footballers and bird-bodied hipster dudes I meet, the more impressed I am by the spectrum of masculinity that exists in this country ...

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    Two bad decisions


    Sam de Brito A good mate of mine - let's call him, Chocko - told me recently how his brother-in-law had phoned him a few months ago and dressed him down for his behaviour and, bizarrely for my friend, it actually...

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    Sam de Brito Been thinking about guilt lately, how it can be as addictive as nicotine, love or shame and how many of us use it as a phantom method of accepting responsibility - "hey, at least I feel guilty about...

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    A prayer for my daughter


    Sam de Brito "I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool," says Daisy Buchanan of her daughter in F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby ...

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    Sam de Brito You have to wonder whether James Magnussen's underwhelming performance at the 'Lympics so far wasn't sealed the moment he was dubbed the "Missile" and the universe decided to punish him for crimes...

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    Sam de Brito A few months ago I was asked to write about what I would consider to be the "perfect date" and after at least ten or 20 minutes reflection, I realised it would be one that ended in sex ...

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    Sam de Brito Tell me you don't know this woman: She started seeing a guy when she was aged 28 or 32 and the dude said he wanted to get married and have kids, but the time wasn't right ...

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    Endless circles


    Sam de Brito I've been getting my nerdy pants on lately, reading a bunch of fantasy fiction because ... damn, where's my Bluetooth earpiece ... it's just cool ...

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    Nigel No Friends


    Sam de Brito In the week since Denver's 'Dark Knight' cinema shooting, there's been a mountain of media coverage as well as commentary from people who have claimed to know the gunman ...

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    Sam de Brito "I think I'm gonna spew," said Brad Cranfield, winner of The Block, which is certainly how this viewer felt watching the Channel Nine renovation show ...

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    Super focus


    Sam de Brito A buddy of mine and I have a saying that some people are so desperate to remain unhappy, they'll search for the proverbial needle in a haystack, just so they can jam it in their eye ...

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    Shock of the old


    Sam de Brito "You mean we actually used to stop foreigners coming to Australia?" my grandkids will ask me in forty years time ...

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    Walk away


    Sam de Brito Hey fella, I know you don't wanna hear this from some bloke who's old enough to be your (very well-preserved) father but if you'll just give me a minute ...

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    Sam de Brito It usually begins with a text message to your mobile phone asking "What's your home address?" then, two or three weeks later, "it" arrives in the mail ...

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    What life can I save next?


    Sam de Brito Saw a great advertisement for a certain brand of gin on the weekend, thanks to a blog by James Altucher, in which he explores why the main character of the ad, a bartender, is so likeable and...

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    Sam de Brito Aside from hearing my mate's cancer is in remission because he stood up and shouted "NON-HAPPENING MOTHERF---ER!" to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the thing that thrilled me this week was news of the ...

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