The Art Of Manliness


Is the World a More Dangerous Place for Kids Than It Used to Be?

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 activities, than parents even one generation ago. Last week we explored why this might be, and offered some […]

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April 10, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Isometrics at the Office

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 more active brethren are out on maneuverers: “If your assignment is such that you are ‘chairborne’ during the […]

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April 7, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Podcast #293: Stretch – Using Less to Achieve More

Have you ever told yourself, “If only I had more time, more money, or more connections, then I could put into action the big plans I have for my life?” Well, my guest on the podcast is here to tell you that those extra resources might actually hurt you more in the long run than […]

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April 6, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Gearhead 101: Understanding Manual Transmission

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 you shift gears? No? Well, today’s your lucky […]

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April 5, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Podcast #292: The Road to Character

We often lament the loss of good character in our society. There’s a sense that our leaders and even members of our community can’t be trusted to do the right thing and are only out for themselves, the collective good be damned. Why does this sense of moral anomie exist? And what can we do […]

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April 4, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

The Origins of Overprotective Parenting

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 neighborhood gang. We spent the daylight hours building ramps […]

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April 3, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Manvotional: The Secret of Theodore Roosevelt’s Greatness

“The Powers of a Strenuous President” From The American Magazine, 1908 By “K” I have known Mr. Roosevelt personally for ten years—not intimately—but something more than casually … I have heard the President explained biographically, historically and politically … And I have not been satisfied. A Golden Key to Unlock Roosevelt I have not been satisfied even with […]

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April 2, 2017, 2:16 a.m.

Social Briefing #5: What to Do at an Event Where You Don’t Know Anyone

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 first four social briefings, we laid down some mindset fundamentals that undergird and enhance all other social behaviors and habits. Now we’ll start delving into the nuts and bolts of social effectiveness, […]

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March 31, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

How to Make a Survival Lean-To

Shelter is one of the key requirements for successful survival, and securing it will greatly improve your situation in the wild. A simple lean-to not only provides protection from wind and rain, but can also act as a shield to help trap heat and keep you warm. Keep in mind, lean-tos are also beneficial in hot climates, when you […]

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March 31, 2017, 3:20 p.m.

Podcast #291: The Untold Story of Jimmy Stewart’s WWII Service

Jimmy Stewart is one of the greatest actors in American cinema. He’s appeared in some of our most beloved films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, Vertigo, and of course that perennial holiday favorite, It’s A Wonderful Life. What many people don’t know about Jimmy Stewart is that he served for four years during […]

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March 30, 2017, 8:37 p.m.

A Man’s Guide to Dressing Sharp and Casual in His 30s

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 beyond. In a man’s 20s, he does a lot of creating and experimenting with […]

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March 29, 2017, 4:04 p.m.

Podcast #290: Everything You Know About Ninjas is Wrong

When you hear the word “ninja” what do you imagine? Hooded and masked men in black garb, stealthily running across tiled roofs? Ninja stars? Renegade warriors engaging in a special hand-to-hand combat system against their sworn enemy, the samurai? If that’s what you think of when you think of ninjas, I’m afraid my guest today on […]

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March 28, 2017, 8:08 p.m.

The Monthly Huckberry Giveaway: March 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 Brett from Augusta, GA. He chose the Filson Original Briefcase. That’s been a popular choice over the years! Will […]

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March 28, 2017, 2:37 p.m.

Lessons From Fahrenheit 451 for the Modern Day

While books like 1984 and Brave New World are getting a lot of buzz right now because of the political climate of the country, I think there’s a classic dystopian title which is even more deserving of our reading (and re-reading): Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. If you’ve not read the book, you likely at least […]

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March 27, 2017, 2:38 p.m.

How to Make Your Own Sausage

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Stacy Lyn Harris’s new book, Stacy Lyn’s Harvest Cookbook. Making sausage yourself truly has become a lost art. Most people are satisfied to pick up a pack of Kielbasa from their local store and stick to those flavors as opposed to creating their very own flavor profiles. I […]

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March 24, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Podcast #289: The Revenge of Analog

“Software is eating the world,” or so we’re told. Products that once took up physical space can be contained in our smartphones and held in the palms of our hands. Instead of having a record collection, now we can stream any music any where and any time we want. Instead of shelves and shelves of […]

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March 23, 2017, 3:54 p.m.

How to Survive a Mugging

Have I told you about the time I got mugged in Tijuana? I was a missionary serving in the western part of the city that consisted primarily of ramshackle houses. Mangy dogs filled the dusty dirt roads I walked up and down every day. (Pro tip: if you want to scare off aggressive dogs in […]

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March 22, 2017, 3:32 p.m.

Pocast #288: Love is Overrated

Do you find yourself making the same mistakes over and over again in your relationships? For example, do you have a tendency to ignore red flags and constantly end up in relationships that aren’t healthy for you? Maybe you end up in relationships where the initial chemistry is good, but a few months later, you’re […]

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March 21, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

How to REALLY Avoid Living a Life of Quiet Desperation

Several years ago I saw a photo on Instagram in which a playboy-esque lifestyle guru was sitting on a private plane, surrounded by sexy women in bikinis, piles of money, bottles of champagne, and a cache of semi-automatic rifles. The caption under the photo? Most men live lives of quiet desperation. The aphorism is a […]

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March 20, 2017, 2:06 p.m.

A Eulogy for Alex

Editor’s note: Ten days after his son, Alex, drove off a bridge and was killed in a car accident, Reverend William Sloane Coffin delivered the following sermon to his congregation at Riverside Church in New York City. I was first introduced to this sermon years ago in a college communications course, and I have thought of it […]

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March 19, 2017, 2:11 a.m.