February 2008

Back Online

by Brett & Kate McKay

OK. It looks like we’re back online. I apologize for the downtime. I wasn’t prepared for the rapid growth we’ve had, and the traffic was just too much for my old host.� But a crashing site because of growth is definitely a good problem to have. I think the move to the new server will […]

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down for maintenance

by Brett & Kate McKay

I apologize for the site being down. We should have things back up by tonight. We are changing servers in order to accommodate our rapid growth. Thank you for your patience.

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The 10 Worst Products For Men Ever Created

by Brett and Kate McKay

While much has been said about the way advertisers have always hawked their products to women by playing on their insecurities, men have not been immune from similar pitches. While they may worry less about crow’s feet than ladies do, there are still some things that make men feel insecure. Hoping to capitalize on these […]

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Lessons In Manliness: Benjamin Franklin’s Pursuit of the Virtuous Life

by Brett and Kate McKay

When most people today hear the word “virtue,” they usually don’t think “manliness.” Having virtue or being virtuous is looked at as being sissy or effeminate. In fact, we sometimes use the word in today’s vernacular to describe a woman’s sexual conduct. However, virtue is far from being sissy or effeminate. The word “virtue” is […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Law Review Edition

by Brett and Kate McKay

In addition to authoring this blog, I’m also attending law school. I’m on the law review at my school and part of my duties consist of checking and editing citations for articles that have been submitted for publication. It’s the most tedious, mind numbing activity I’ve ever done in my life. What makes it worse […]

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Lessons in Manliness: Theodore Roosevelt On Living The Strenuous Life

by Brett and Kate McKay

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, […]

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Knock Out Depression With Exercise

by Brett and Kate McKay

Photo by timmmeey “A brisk 30-minute walk or jog around the track three times a week may be just as effective in relieving the symptoms of major depression as the standard treatment of anti-depressant medications, according to the results of a Duke University Medical Center study.” Quite the exciting headline, no? This news will probably […]

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Make Yourself Stick With These First Impression Tips

by Brett and Kate McKay

When you’re interviewing for a job, one of the keys to success is your first impression. If you’re about to go in for an interview, maybe its time to re-evaluate the first impression you give off. Do you come off as likable? Do you exude professionalism and charm? The goal of every first impression is […]

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How To Ask For (And Get) A Raise Like a Man

by Brett and Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from The Art of Manliness reader and my good friend, Josh Wilsie. One of the fastest and easiest ways to increase your income is to ask for a raise. But some men’s palms get clammy just thinking about doing so. Here are five tips on how to ask […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Indiana Jones IV Trailer Edition

by Brett and Kate McKay

This week, the trailer for the new Indiana Jones movie was released. It looks pretty dang awesome. Harrison Ford is in surprisingly good shape for a 65 year old. I can’t wait to see it. Now for some links. Hand-wringing About American Culture – Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge? (@ nytimes.com) Americans are getting dumber […]

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Write A Love Letter Like A Soldier

by Brett and Kate McKay

The thing women most want on Valentine’s Day is not jewelry or chocolate but a love note from you. A Hallmark card with some prefabricated message simply won’t do. Women want to hear words straight from your heart. But writing a well-crafted love note is no easy task. They can quickly devolve into trite, cliche […]

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Cracking The Valentine’s Day Code

by Brett and Kate McKay

A lot of people, both men and women, think Valentine’s Day is kind of a silly holiday, designed by corporations to make you buy their stuff. Love and romance should be expressed every day, and you shouldn’t have to spend gobs of money to do it. Yet one of the burning questions men who have […]

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Talk Like Frank Sinatra

by Brett and Kate McKay

Old Blue Eyes. The Chairman of the Board. Frank Sinatra was the epitome of American male coolness. When he walked into any room, his confident swagger created an electric charge. Women wanted to be with him and men wanted to be him. Part of Sinatra’s manly and cool presence came from the way he talked. […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Barber Shop Edition

by Brett and Kate McKay

Photo by Alan C. For the past few months, I’ve been looking for a barber shop to go to. Sadly, barber shops have been on the decline in the United States. Barber shops used to be a place where a man could get a sharp haircut, a clean shave and decent conversation. Because of the […]

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Keep Your Ties In Tip Top Shape

by Brett and Kate McKay

A nice tie can bring a whole outfit together. They also allow you to easily diversify your wardrobe simply by mixing and matching ties with different shirts and suits. But ties are delicate. If you don’t take care of them, they can easily become worn and tattered. Instead of being a punctuation point to a […]

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The Brad Pitt Rule

by Brett and Kate McKay

The Art of Manliness wants to encourage men to stop hanging out and start dating. But negotiating the waters of dating can be tricky. Men often want to know if a girl is into to them or not. How can you know? Employ the Brad Pitt rule.

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Lessons in Manliness: The Childhood of Theodore Roosevelt

by Brett and Kate McKay

Theodore Roosevelt was not only one of our greatest presidents, he was also one of the greatest American men who ever lived. He embodied all the manly virtues and lived life with vigor and enthusiasm. In everything he did, he not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. This is the first in a […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Super Bowl XLII Edition

by Brett and Kate McKay

Super Bowl XLII (that’s 42 for those of you who don’t know Roman Numerals) is tomorrow. We’ve got the undefeated New England Patriots going up against the New York Giants. This is a big game for the Patriots. If they win, they’ll be the first undefeated NFL team in history since the ’73 Dolphins. With […]

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5 Ways Strength Training Will Make You Man Up

by Brett and Kate McKay

Brett asked me to make an article about strength training and how it relates to manliness. Great topic, because strength training is all about that. Here are 5 ways strength training will make you man up. 1. Confidence. The stronger you are, the more muscles you’ll have. The more muscles you have, the more calories […]

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