The Art Of Manliness


Don’t Take Your Marching Orders From Your Belly

During the Winter War, Finnish troops held off and often won astonishing victories against the Russian forces invading their country. Despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned, they put up a heck of a fight by staying mobile, getting creative, and employing their most valuable weapon: their sisu, or grit. One of their improbable successes, however, […]

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June 26, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

How to Make a DIY Smoke Bomb

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 create a distraction to escape and evade them. It’s a weekend afternoon, […]

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June 23, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

How to Milk a Cow

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 families into close bonds with the animals that helped to […]

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June 23, 2017, 4:03 p.m.

Podcast #315: The Power of Small Experiments to Supercharge Your Success

Starting and running a successful business requires you to constantly experiment with ideas and adapt on the fly. My guest today has become a master at testing ideas quickly in his entrepreneurial ventures, which has allowed him to start multiple million dollar businesses. He’s taken that test-and-adapt philosophy and also applied it to his life to […]

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June 22, 2017, 7:09 p.m.

Why Complainers Finish Last

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 are able to lift others’ moods, and they do so by leading with positivity. Positive people come […]

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June 21, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

Podcast #314: Building Better Citizens Through Rucking

Back in 2012, the owners of Huckberry introduced me to a guy who owned a company called GORUCK. Besides making high quality ruck packs, I also learned that they put on all-night events in which participants haul a 40-lb weight in their backpack while being led through a series of physically and mentally grueling exercises […]

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June 20, 2017, 5:54 p.m.

Meditations on a First Reading of Aurelius’ Meditations

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’ Meditations. Much of what’s written about Stoicism these days, though, assumes that the reader […]

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June 19, 2017, 3:04 p.m.

Manvotional: The Debt We Owe to Fathers

“The Debt We Owe to Fathers” From The Job of Being a Dad, 1923 By Frank H. Cheley Most boys never do really appreciate their Dads until they are gone – often in fact until they have boys of their own to perplex them and to harass them and to cause them to look backward through the […]

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June 17, 2017, 5:36 p.m.

Should I Wear a Weightlifting Belt?

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. For the longer answer, I talked to Matt Reynolds, […]

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June 16, 2017, 3:09 p.m.

Podcast #313: How to Scale the OODA Loop

We live in a complex, ever changing world. Thanks to our networked, global society, small players can have huge impacts in geo-politics and world business. Unfortunately, most organizations aren’t structured in a way to thrive or even survive in this new, fluid environment. My guest today experienced this firsthand as he worked with General Stanley […]

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June 15, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

How to Wear a Polo Shirt With Style

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 polo shirt is laden. It is often thought of in terms of a uniform — either literally, […]

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June 14, 2017, 7:38 p.m.

Podcast #312: The Disappearing Night Sky

Throughout human history, the night sky has been a source of inspiration for art, literature, philosophy, and religion. But if you’re like most people living in cities or suburbs or even rural parts of the country, you’ve likely never encountered a truly dark night. Thanks to electric lighting, the nighttime can be as bright as […]

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June 13, 2017, 5:10 p.m.

Come to an AoM Book Signing in Tulsa, OK: June 17, 2017

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 area (or farther afield!), I’d love for you to come so I can shake your hand, […]

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June 13, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

20 Classic Poems Every Man Should Read

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 indication, the crown is rusting. While books sales fluctuate from year to year, fewer and fewer publishing houses are […]

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June 12, 2017, 2:22 p.m.

Podcast #311: The Meaning of Beards

The ability to grow a beard is what separates boys from men and except for a few rare instances of bearded ladies, men from women. Because it’s a uniquely masculine feature, facial hair has played an important role in forming our ideas about manhood. Today on the show, I talk to a cultural historian who specializes […]

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June 9, 2017, 4:19 p.m.

Social Briefing #9: How to Think of Questions to Ask People

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 for a living, and how many siblings she has, been stumped as to what […]

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June 9, 2017, 1:34 a.m.

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

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 expectations are going work to your advantage this year — because this year, you’re not only […]

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June 8, 2017, 12:33 p.m.

Should You Live Together Before Marriage?

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 hitched has increased 1500% since the 1960s, and 30% in just the last decade. While almost half of […]

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June 7, 2017, 2:56 p.m.

Podcast #310: From Chivalry to Terrorism: War and the Changing Nature of Masculinity

One of the primary roles of men across time and culture is that of the warrior. Indeed, how we define masculinity at its core is centrally shaped by warfare. The virtues we think of as manly, like courage, physical strength, and daring, are vital in battle, and because men have primarily been the ones doing […]

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June 6, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

Don’t Save Anything for the Swim Back

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 “not-so-distant” future into two groups: the “valid” and the “in-valid.” The valids are those whose embryonic genes were […]

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June 5, 2017, 2:20 p.m.