Cover Photo: This is the cover of one of Steely Dan's albums, 'Gaucho.' This album cover features a painting of a couple dancing, his hand on her back, her arm around his shoulder, and their other hands holding each other's, lifted in the air.
Album cover via MCA Records/Universal Music Group

On Fatherhood, Masculinity, and Steely Dan

But of course, all of this isn’t about ‘Gaucho’ or masculinity, really. It’s about trauma, about breaking a cycle you didn’t consent to entering.

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Matt Mitchell is a poet, music critic, and essayist from Northeast Ohio. He writes for Pitchfork, MTV, Bandcamp, Paste, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. He is the author of The Neon Hollywood Cowboy (Big Lucks, 2021).