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Jeff Metzger was born in Portland, Oregon. His fondest memories include masterminding a jailbreak in Cuba, rendezvousing with history's most infamous ex-CIA agent, and being chased through the streets of Madrid. At home in Austin, Mr. Metzger enjoys quiet mornings of writing and reading.
The Gentleman Rogue is a character who has fascinated us for centuries, persistently popping up in literature and cinema with a roguish smirk, causing proper gentlemen to frown with indignation and the bosoms of proper damsels to swell and flush. However, the Gentleman Rogue seems to be a vanishing species in the twenty-first century; whenever we see him, he is speaking to us from another time and place: a pirate, an outlaw, a Depression-era gangster. This may be a tragedy; however, the scarcity of G-Rogues in the twenty-first century only proves to make them more appealing on the rare occasion that we encounter them. (Take Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, for example. How refreshing is it in this day and age to see a business tycoon who is not a crusty old killjoy, but rather a much younger, much richer version of Hugh Hefner?) Although the very fact that the Gentleman Rogue is an anachronism may account for a portion of our initial attraction to him, there are many other elements to his singular nature that contribute to the undeniable love/hate magnetism that he inspires in us. He may not be a nice person; he may not even be a fundamentally decent person; he is certainly not a very proper person. But no one can deny that he is interesting, providing a splash of color among the mass of men leading lives of quiet desperation.
Whether or not the Gentleman Rogue is praiseworthy or a useful member of society is not at issue here and will neither be studied, questioned, nor discussed. I do not submit that the Gentleman Rogue is commendable, but I do submit that he is fascinating.
Here we shall endeavor to study such G-Rogue All-Stars as Rhett Butler, James Bond, Indiana Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow, and a fictional character we will refer to simply as "G-Rogue," and try to learn exactly what it is about them that causes men to clench their fists and induces women to swoon. If your wish is to reinvent yourself as someone who leaves clenched fists and flushed, heaving bosoms in your wake, read on carefully.
The perfect book for any roguish man or aspiring rogue, but also an interesting read for you women who want to know how to land that dashing man, or know how his mind works. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Pen Name
I enjoyed The Rogue's Handbook. Not only was it funny, but also very smart. Metzger's critique of the "Joe 6-pack" character was dead on. This is a must read.Published on December 29, 2010 by Selliottx