The Art Of Manliness
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By: Jeremy Anderberg

You’re lost in the woods, without phone service, and you need a way to signal your location to rescuers on the ground or low-flying aircraft. Your city is roiled in rioting and chaos, some bad dudes are advancing towards you, and you need to...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

For most men and boys-soon-to-be-men, long gone are the days when milking a cow was a chore as common as doing the dishes. Now mostly done by high-tech machines at commercial dairies, the task of milking a cow by hand once brought farmers and their...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

As discussed as part of our Social Briefings series, “elevation” constitutes one of the “4 social gifts” that change how their recipients feel for the better, and make their bearers more attractive, likable, and charming. Those who elevate...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

While Stoicism is an ancient philosophy, it’s experiencing a bit of a resurgence in our modern world. There’s a plethora of new books and articles on the topic, most of them quoting what’s taken to be the Stoic bible: Marcus Aurelius’...

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By: Brett

If you’ve begun the righteous path of seeking gainz via barbell training, you may be wondering: “Do I need to wear a belt when I lift?” The short answer is this: yes, at a certain point in your barbell training you should start wearing a belt. ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

The polo shirt is a true men’s style staple. Yet despite its ubiquity in the male wardrobe, it’s not a garment that typically receives much affection or enthusiasm. Perhaps this is because of the negative associations with which the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Quick announcement: I’ll be officially launching our latest book, The Illustrated Art of Manliness, in Tulsa, OK this Saturday with Booksmart Tulsa. I don’t currently have plans to do any other public events, so if you’re in the OK ...

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By: AoM Team

Editor’s note: This article was written through a collaboration between C. Daniel Motley and the AoM Team.  Matthew Arnold, a Victorian poet, once claimed, “The crown of literature is poetry,” and if our neglect of poetry is any...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Toilet clogs come in a couple varieties. Sometimes kids take toys and other household items for a dip in the porcelain pool. Oftentimes, though, it’s the adult members of the household who clog the loo with deposits of organic matter....

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills. Read more on their raison d’etre.  Have you ever been on a first date, and, after having run through questions on what the other person does ...

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By: AoM Team

Dads aren’t usually very picky about Father’s Day presents — if you get them something, anything — even if it’s a World’s Greatest Dad mug or tie — they’re typically simply tickled pink that someone remembered them at all. Those low ...

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Sports Illustrated's list of the best last-minute gifts you can buy for your dad on Father’s Day 2017.

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Shacking up. Living in sin. Fifty years ago, cohabitating with one’s significant other before marriage was described in pejorative terms and often thought of as immoral. Today the picture is quite different. Living together prior to getting...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The hallowing of Pain Like hallowing of Heaven Obtains at corporeal cost — All — is the Price of All — –Emily Dickinson In the excellent and under-appreciated film Gattaca, biotechnology and advanced eugenics have divided the ...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Last week I took part in the GoRuck Constellation here in Tulsa. Unlike the GoRuck Challenge with its hefting of heavy logs and doing lots of push-ups and squats, Constellation is a scenario-based event in which you learn urban survival skills and...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

A few years ago we introduced our one-of-a-kind Art of Manliness etched mug. It’s since become one of our biggest sellers in the AoM Store and we’ve seen it crop up on the desks of men around the world. We’ve had requests to offer ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from The Business of Living by Frank Crane. It has been condensed from the original. Published in 1920, it’s a real gem. Enjoy the read. The voyager entering a new country will listen with attention to...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Out of the 3,000 or so snake species in the world, less than 10% are venomous in a truly dangerous way. But that still leaves a few hundred varieties you need to keep an eye out for the next time you’re tromping through the wilderness. As always,...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

As an adherent of “the strenuous life” — a believer in “bodily vigor as a method of getting that vigor of soul without which vigor of the body counts for nothing” — Theodore Roosevelt tried to get in two hours of physical...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

As the mercury rises, so do hopes of upping our grilling game. If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a little tip, a unique seasoning, or a handy new tool to impress not only your taste buds, but your friends, family, and neighbors too....

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: As one of the fathers of modern bodybuilding, Joe Weider founded the International Federation of Bodybuilders, created the Mr./Ms. Olympia contests, and published numerous fitness magazines. He also developed several weight...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Before you ever get the chance to extol your virtues to a potential employer during an in-person interview, it’s likely you’ll have first answered some questions over the phone or via Skype (or other video software). It’s easier for all...

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By: Brett

After a year and a half of hard work, I’m happy to announce that The Illustrated Art of Manliness is now available in bookstores everywhere. Go get a copy today! First, a big thanks to all of you who pre-ordered a copy (or copies) of the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

You probably started crawling when you were about nine months old, and walking at a year. You likely got running around a year later, and learned how to jump not long after that. In the months and years that followed, you got the hang of many other...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills. Read more on their raison d’etre.  So you know how to approach people to initiate a conversation, and how to make it more likely that folks...

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By: Brett

I’m a big fan of GoRuck Challenges. I’ve done a few of them over the years as a way to shake off the barnacles — to reacquaint myself with physical pain and remind myself that I’m stronger than I think I am. The folks at...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Paul Moore.  So, you’ve finished building a woodworking project, but is it really finished? It’s not, unless you’ve applied a wood finish. Well, that’s if you don’t want...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following excerpt was taken from FM 21-76: Survival Evasion and Escape, an Army field manual published in 1968. Crossing Water General (1) Unless you are traveling in the desert, there is a good possibility that you will have...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Last year, we published a piece entitled “Meditations on the Wisdom of Action” by Kyle Eschenroeder. The article contains 116 short, punchy devotionals on the nature and importance of action. It was my favorite piece of content in 2016, and I...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from AJ Gretz.  Learning about your family can be an interesting, emotional, and sometimes difficult process. Every family has a story. Some parts will leave you proud, and perhaps even inspired to...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

“Finland alone, in danger of death — superb, sublime Finland — shows what free men can do.” –Winston Churchill, January 1940 “All we had to do was raise our voices a little bit and the Finns would obey. If that...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Beginners new to the art of attempting to catch fish will likely have their first experience with a standard spinning reel and rod. It’s an ideal set-up to go after the type of fish typically found in freshwater lakes and rivers, and it offers a...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Social Briefings are short bi-monthly dispatches that offer practical tips to improve your social skills. Read more on their raison d’etre.  In the last Social Briefing, we talked about how to approach other people when you’re at an event...

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By: Brett

Below you’ll find some of my favorite offerings from Huckberry this month. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). Last month’s winner was Cole from Alameda, CA....

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

In this series on overprotective parents, we’ve taken a nuanced look at the phenomenon’s origins, explored the question of whether the world is a more dangerous place now than it was several decades ago (it’s not), and delved into the risks...

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By: Matt Moore

I’ve often said that opinions are like butts — everybody has one. And when it comes to barbecue, nearly everyone has an opinion. My views will likely cause a slew of debate, but one thing is certain: cooking and eating great barbecue is...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Hamlet’s Blackberry. The Joy of Missing Out. Irresistible. Reclaiming Conversation. The Tech-Wise Family. Recent years have seen a boom in books (and articles) about being digitally mindful — putting down the smartphone, closing the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

In the last installment of this series on the causes and effects of the modern trend towards overprotective parenting, we explored the evidence behind the biggest reason parents give for adopting this approach and abandoning the more “free...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength by Steven Low. Several books could be written on handstands alone. The information presented here is condensed...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

The other day I was getting my suit altered by my 96-year-old tailor, Sherman Ray, and as he is wont to do, he was regaling me with stories of how he escaped the Holocaust and won first place in weightlifting at the Senior Olympics (he’s a really...

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By: Brett

Way back in 2009, an illustrator named Ted Slampyak emailed me wondering if we’d be interested in interviewing him for our “So You Want My Job” series. We took a look at his impressive portfolio and thought he would be a great fit...

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By: AoM Team

People have always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a man use his final breaths to utter? Were they scared as they glimpsed the great beyond, or did they brace up and stoically accept — heck, even welcome — what...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Usually the process goes something like this: Buy a boomerang at a toy store because it sounds fun. Go to an open field to throw the thing. Toss it a half dozen times only to have it clatter to the ground 20 feet away from where...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

When it comes to religious institutions, Americans exhibit some contradiction between their beliefs and their actions. On the one hand, the vast majority feel that churches and other houses of worship are powerful forces for societal good: according ...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Few images of summer being ushered in are as iconic as dear old dad or grandpa sitting on the porch with a cold beer in his hand. It’s likely that beer came from one of the Big 3 in the industry: Budweiser, Coors, or Miller. There’s...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Today’s parents are empirically less likely to allow kids to explore their neighborhood alone, walk to school, play by themselves, and handle potentially dangerous tools or weapons, and more likely to closely supervise all of their children’s...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following excerpt comes from FM 21-20: Physical Readiness Training, an Army field manual published in 1969. It makes a note to soldiers in more administrative positions that they will need to do make-up workouts when their...

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By: Brett

Welcome back to Gearhead 101 — a series on the basics of how cars work for the automotive neophytes out there. Because you read the Art of Manliness, you know how to drive a stick shift. But do you know what’s going on beneath the hood whenever...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Back when I was six years old, the neighborhood I lived in provided the perfect backdrop for an active and idyllic childhood. Half a dozen other boys about my age lived on the same street I did and we quickly banded together to form a little...