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C. Brian Smith

C. Brian Smith writes hard-hitting gonzo features for MEL, whether it be training with a masturbation coach, receiving psycho corporal treatment from a spank therapist, or embarking on a week-long pleasure cruise with 75 Santa Clauses following their busy season.


The Alien True Believers Who Were Searching for Answers Long Before It Was Cool to Storm Area 51

In a low-lit condo in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, flanked by a stack of UFO books and a Jerry Garcia bobblehead, I’m seated on a…

My Weekend at ‘Nice Guy’ Bootcamp

At an abandoned golf course near London’s Heathrow Airport, a short, sixty-something Indian man is berating me with cutting insults and venomous rage. Moments earlier…

Inside the New Movement of Support Groups for Retired Men

They call themselves “PIPs,” or “Previously Important Persons,” explains Chuck Fink, the 69-year-old founder of Men’s Wisdom Works, a bi-monthly support group for men in…