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How to Cast a Spinning Reel

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 lot of versatility when considering what types of tackle you’d […]

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April 28, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Social Briefing #6: How to Make Yourself More Approachable

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 where you don’t know any of the other guests. Taking the initiative in such situations bolsters […]

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April 28, 2017, 3:22 p.m.

Podcast #299: How to Be Manly According the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Ancient Greece and Rome have a heavy influence on the idea of manhood we promote on the Art of Manliness. In fact, this classical conception of manliness was how much of the West defined manhood up until the middle of the 20th century. If you were to ask a man living in 1920 what “manliness” […]

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April 28, 2017, 12:50 a.m.

The Monthly Huckberry Giveaway: April 2017

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. He chose the Compact EDC Kit. Will you take home this month’s prize? My […]

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April 27, 2017, 7:22 p.m.

The 3 Keys to Balancing Safety and Risk in Raising Your Kids

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 that arise when we don’t allow children to do risky things (there are many). […]

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April 26, 2017, 9:01 p.m.

Podcast #298: The History of BBQ and Becoming a Backyard Pitmaster

Southern BBQ is a uniquely American food and depending on which part of the South you’re in, you’re going to get a different answer as to what “true” Southern BBQ is. Despite the differences, one thing that unites Southern BBQ is its unabashed love for the humble pork butt. My guest on the show took […]

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April 25, 2017, 7:21 p.m.

A Man’s Guide to Cooking Pork Butt

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 nothing short of delicious. Whew, at least we can all agree on one […]

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April 25, 2017, 5:23 p.m.

Decluttering Your Digital Life

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 computer, and engaging with real-world, tactile things. All this content makes the case that our devices are sapping a bit of […]

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April 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

The Risk of NOT Letting Your Kids Do Risky Things

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 range” method they were reared with themselves: that the world today is more dangerous than it once […]

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April 21, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Podcast #297: Making Your Kid a Money Genius

Do you have a not-so-rosy financial history and are worried that you’re going to pass on your bad money habits to your kids? My guest today says you needn’t worry. With a bit of thought and some self-education, you can clean up your own money problems while simultaneously teaching your children how to avoid the same […]

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April 21, 2017, 1:55 a.m.

How to Build the Ability to Do a Full Handstand

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 and will focus only on the most important points of each technique. Many of the finer details are so physical, so individual, […]

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April 20, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

A Place for Pleats

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 interesting and inspiring character — look for a video […]

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April 19, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Pre-Order Our New Book! The Illustrated Art of Manliness

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 for an installment. A year later in 2010, I got the idea of […]

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April 19, 2017, 2:07 a.m.

Podcast #296: How to Find Your Life’s Purpose

There’s been a lot of ink spilt in the past decade about young adults’ “failure to launch,” wherein 20-somethings who should be progressing into independent adulthood, end up spending that decade of their life in an extended adolescence. Several reasons have been given for this phenomenon, from the economy to helicopter parenting. After conducting a […]

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April 18, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

The Ultimate Collection of Manly Last Words

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 was coming? Over the years we’ve compiled a couple collections of last words. We’ve not […]

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April 17, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

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 to the Pew Research Center, almost nine in ten Americans say that religious institutions “bring people together […]

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April 14, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

Podcast #295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training

We’re big fans of the kettlebell here at the Art of Manliness. It’s a great piece of gym equipment that builds both strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Today on the show, I talk to StrongFirst kettlebell coach Craig Marker about the wonders of these little cannonballs with handles. Mark digs deep into the research done by the […]

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April 14, 2017, 1:50 a.m.

How to Throw a Boomerang

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 you’re standing. Return home and place the boomerang in the […]

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April 13, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Homebrewing 101: How to Make Great Beer at Home From a Kit

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 little chance your pops was making his own beer […]

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April 12, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Podcast #294: Learning the Art of Charm

While men sometimes see developing their social skills as something superficial or unimportant, these skills are essential for success in business and life. Knowing how to interact and get along with others is how we can make friends, find love, and advance our career. My guest on the podcast today has spent the past ten years […]

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April 11, 2017, 5:31 p.m.