I’ve always been good with words. Ever since I was a little boy (yes, that’s me!), writing was the way I distinguished myself from the other kids, invariably with an eye toward pleasing my mom. I endlessly sought her love and approval, never realizing that she’d love me even if I didn’t sweat blood for it. And that’s pretty much how I became who I am today. I’ve worked as an editor at Rolling Stone and Men’s Health and have written for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Antenna. And thanks to my mom, I’ve made several therapists rich beyond their wildest dreams.