The Art Of Manliness
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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Fishing with a rod and line, and an artificial lightweight lure made to imitate fish prey — that is, fly fishing — was first recorded around the year 200. And while modern innovation has improved the quality and durability of the materials, the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

“Success and Happiness” From The Successful Man in His Manifold Relations to Life, 1886 By J. Clinton Ransom A gray-haired man once visited the school where the writer was a pupil in one of the lowest grades. In the course of a talk...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Few things are more fun for kids than being able to take raw ingredients and turn them into something completely new; even better when that something can be played with; and maybe best of all when it’s something ooey and gooey that elicits...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest article from Erik Kennedy.  There’s a myth that the moment you have a kid, you are duty-bound to cut off contact with the outside world. Any hobbies, sports, or adventures that you participated in...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Cuts from shaving are a near inevitability for most men. No matter how much experience you have, no matter how much your razor tilts and glides and caresses your face, those blades will bite eventually. Having a good, sharp razor is actually a great ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You spend hours crafting the perfect workout plan. When you’re in the gym, you stick to your program religiously. Every workout, you’re in #beastmode. You push yourself beyond your limits. The training hurts, but it’s a good kind...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You’ve talked to a cute barista at your favorite coffee shop for months, but you only see her when she’s working. You’ve become good buddies with a guy at work, but you’ve never hung out with him outside the office. You...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You arrive at your favorite coffee shop in the ‘burbs and notice a guy in a green baseball cap standing behind you. You give him a friendly nod and go back to looking at the menu. While you’re taking a bite from your Arby’s roast...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

The other day we were out with a friend who was treating us for lunch. When it came time for paying the bill, she busted out her checkbook and started writing a check. “The chip on my credit card is broken, and all I have is my checkbook,” she...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Think of the cardigan sweater and you may think of a kindly grandfather sitting by the fire, smoking a pipe. Or a college professor. Or, very likely, Mr. Rogers. Maybe these associations don’t leave you excited about this garment. Maybe they...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Welcome back to our series on the libraries of great men. The eminent men of history were often voracious readers and their own philosophy represents a distillation of all the great works they fed into their minds. This series seeks to trace the...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

“The Greatest Danger in the World” From Climbing Manward, 1924 By Frank H. Cheley Every moment that we live we are in danger from something: fires, floods, earthquakes, lightning, automobiles, trolley cars, frightened horses, and...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Canoes aren’t likely to tip over, at least when used by calm people in calm water. If you’re not overloading your boat with too much gear, or paddling toward whitewater to satisfy your hunger for adrenaline, then you can trust in your canoe...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Brandon Krieg. So you’re a rugged, manly man. You change your own oil, shave with a straight razor, and can deadlift 500 pounds. Great! However, you can’t be a true stud without strong...

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By: Brett

Most articles and books out there about diet and nutrition focus on how to lose weight. It makes sense. When 70% of the U.S. population and 30% of the world population is overweight, that sort of information is going to be in demand. But there are...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: Even when you have a map and compass, and even when you’re following marked trails, it’s possible to take a wrong turn, head in the wrong direction, stray from your intended path and destination, and become lost when ...

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By: Antonio

A man’s wardrobe should undergo subtle shifts as he gets older and takes on different roles in life. To help you look great at every age, this year we’ll be offering guides to dressing sharp and casual in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Do you often feel like you’re not in control of your day? Co-workers make unexpected demands, meetings don’t work out the way you planned, appointments fall through. You feel like you’re constantly reacting, rather than acting. As a result,...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

In July we opened enrollment to our new program, The Strenuous Life, and formed its first 4 classes of 150 members. Within about 24 hours, we filled all 600 of our available spots. Since then, these 600 individuals have been hard at work taking...

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By: AoM Team

Smells can conjure up powerful memories. The smell of pine needles can take you back to childhood Christmases or the smell of a laundry detergent can remind you of home. For me, there are certain smells that I’ve come to associate with...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

A Letter to Harrison Blake March 27, 1848 By Henry David Thoreau I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest man thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

You might think that sewing isn’t a manly skill, and rely on your mom or wife to replace buttons for you when they’ve popped off a shirt or pair of pants. Yet men of yore often knew darn well knew how to patch a hole, mend a jacket, and...

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By: Brett

Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). Our last winner was Chris from Lilburn, GA. He chose the...

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By: Brett

By now you’ve probably heard about the well-publicized research pointing to the extraordinary benefits of spending time in nature. “Vitamin N” has been shown to decrease stress, ward off depression, reduce obesity, boost the immune system, and ...

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By: Brett

This year, we published The Pocket Guide to Action: 116 Meditations on the Art of Doing, a book crammed with insightful advice on how to spend less time contemplating doing things, and more time actually doing them. It’s designed as a...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: The following article was adapted from When Violence Is the Answer: Learning How to Do What It Takes When Your Life Is at Stake by Tim Larkin. Dulce bellum inexpertis. (War is sweet to those who have never experienced...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

The humble hobo stove traces its origins back to the Great Depression. No. 10 tin cans had become a standard package of food stuffs like coffee and fruit before the Depression and so were plentiful. Short on resources, hobos improvised the cans into ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

“The meaning of earthly existence is not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prosperity, but in the development of the soul.” —Alexander Solzhenitsyn Last month we explored the profound parallels between training the physical body and...

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By: Brett

Hey, did you know there’s an Art of Manliness Podcast? It’s true. And if you haven’t subscribed yet, may I humbly suggest you do so today? Checked Out the Podcast in a Bygone Era and Weren’t Impressed? Try It Again for the...

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By: Matt Moore

While on book tour in Chicago a few months back, I had the honor and pleasure of sitting down to enjoy a leisurely meal, and a few cold beers, with the one and only Meathead Goldwyn. For those not in the know, Meathead is a world-renowned pitmaster, ...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

You may have wondered from time to time if the whole concept of bad breath wasn’t invented by the modern makers of toothpaste and mouthwash. But while advertising has certainly heightened our attention and sensitivity to “halitosis,” the...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

When you’re in the wild, protecting and properly storing your food is critical if you want to make sure that those beloved meals don’t get grabbed by Yogi Bear and the like. In some instances, it’s also critical to your safety. An overnight in ...

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By: A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest article from Drew Crawley. With its resurgent popularity and increased availability, bourbon has become a go-to drink for the refined gentleman. For many, it has knocked Scotch out of the top liquor spot due to...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

Last September I had the honor of delivering the eulogy at my grandfather’s funeral. It was the first one I’d ever written or delivered, so I had no clue as to what to do. But after boning up on advice, and reading and watching a bunch of...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

In general, a man should strive to live a life of frugality and simplicity — relative to his personal means. But following that philosophy doesn’t always mean buying only the very cheapest products and services. In fact, sometimes paying top...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: The following selection on “Will Power Habits” comes from The Technique of Building Personal Leadership (1925) by Donald A. Laird. We changed “will power” to “willpower” in the text, to match modern...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

One of the very first articles we published way back in 2008 was a fun look at some of the “worst products for men.” A year after, we created another such list with even more wacky products we had discovered. These gems have been...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

For thousands of years, humans have used the bow and arrow for hunting and warfare. Today, you can buy bows equipped with devices and sights to help you aim accurately and hit a bull’s-eye almost every time they’re drawn. For example, with a...

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By: Brett and Kate McKay

“It is circumstances (difficulties) which show what men are. Therefore when a difficulty falls upon you, remember that God, like a trainer of wrestlers, has matched you with a rough young man. For what purpose? you may say. Why that you may...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

“My Daily Desire” By Thomas Dekker To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with a clear mind; to hold ever before me, even in the...

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By: Patrick Hutchison

Sandstorms occur when high winds roll across barren expanses of dry soil, kicking up dust and carrying it along as they travel. They can move at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour and can easily reach heights taller than a 5-story building. The...

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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.  You’ve probably heard it said that you should never discuss religion, money, or politics with people. ...

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By: Jeremy Anderberg

Being an entrepreneur — an owner, a starter, a founder — is pretty sexy right now. It’s seen as being a job with freedom, flexibility, control, and enormous money-making potential. These days, it’s seemingly every millennial’s dream to...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

In 1944, the Allied troops were gaining ground on the battlefields of WWII, but still faced opposition from the Axis powers. The weaker that enemy targets could be made, the easier and faster the military’s job would be in wresting Europe back ...

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By: Brett

Below you’ll find some of my favorite recent offerings from Huckberry. Enter the giveaway to win any of these items, or anything else available in their store (up to a value of $500). Our last winner was Jack from Atlanta. He chose the...

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By: Brett

If you’ve just started a linear progression barbell training program — you’re adding weight to the bar with every workout — you may have noticed that you can consistently add that weight without feeling like you have to strain yourself...

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By: Brett & Kate McKay

John Henry was born with a hammer in his hand. The unusually large and strapping baby grew up to be an unusually large and powerful man; 7 feet tall, his arms were as thick as tree trunks and his shoulders were so wide he had to walk sideways...