March 2008

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The Virtuous Life: Frugality

by Brett

Americans’ are saving their money at the lowest rate in 73 years-the lowest rate since the Great Depression. The national personal savings rate was negative (!) 1% in 2006. That means that as a whole, the country is spending more than it is taking in. With the economy on a downhill slide, Americans may start […]

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It’s Time For a “Menaissance”

by Brett & Kate McKay

Men are no longer needed. For the past 40 years, the role of men in Western society has diminished immensely. Before men were seen as providers and protectors. It seems the only thing men are good for is providing sperm for species propagation. But even that’s been taken away from them. Knowing their irrelevancy, many […]

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The Virtuous Life: Resolution

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is the fourth in a series of posts about living the virtuous life like Benjamin Franklin. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. If you are to succeed in life, you must develop the virtue of resolution. Resolution is the firm determination to accomplish what you set out to […]

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So You Want To Become a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Cameron Schaefer, author of Schaefer’s Blog, a site dedicated to better living. Make sure to check it out and subscribe to his RSS feed. Cameron is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and flies C-17s for a living. In the modern techno-industrial culture, it is possible […]

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Building The Perfect Dopp Kit

by Brett

Share Unlike many women who require a small suitcase for their toiletries, a traveling man needs only a few essentials to be happy. Nevertheless, a man needs a place to stow these items. Enter the Dopp kit.

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The Virtuous Life: Order-Become a Master of the Universe

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is the third in a series of posts about living the virtuous life like Benjamin Franklin. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time. Franklin chose Order as his third virtue because it “would allow [him] more time for attending to [his] projects and [his] studies.” […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Share Your Links Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from readers sharing links to different articles that they think AoM readers would find interesting. I really appreciate this. It makes my job finding links for the weekly roundup much easier. However, sorting through all the e-mails does take up quite a bit of time. To facilitate […]

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14 Ways To Affair Proof Your Marriage

by Brett & Kate McKay

Photo by HarveNYC This week New York Governor Eliot Spitzer was forced to confess his involvement in a prostitution ring. The story has been all over the media and many blogs have done posts compiling lists of other prominent men’s fall from grace. But some of the most important questions aren’t being asked. Mainly, how […]

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Make Your Resume Pop

by Brett & Kate McKay

Photo by seychelles88 Every six months or so, it’s a good idea to update your résumé. Even if you’re not in the market for a new job, it’s something you should do. You never know when an opportunity for advancement within your current organization will arise or when you’ll get that dreaded pink slip. It’s […]

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Grilling the Perfect Steak

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from AoM reader and friend Cameron Ming. Cameron is an award-winning barbequer and griller here in Oklahoma. One of the closest links between man and beast is our love for meat. But what should separate us from mere animals is the manner in which that meat is cooked. […]

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The Virtuous Life: Silence

by Brett & Kate McKay

Photo by Millie Motts This is the second in a series of posts about living the virtuous life like Benjamin Franklin. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; Avoid trifling Conversation. Clearly, Ben was not referring to monastic solitude when he presented silence as a virtue. Instead, he had in mind the ability […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: LifeRemix and Facebook Application Edition

by Brett

I’m honored to announce that The Art of Manliness has been invited to join LifeRemix, a network of excellent personal enrichment blogs. LifeRemix compiles the headlines from the best blogs on productivity, personal development, work/family balance, and organization. Some of the blogs in the network include Zen Habits, Get Rich Slowly, LifeDev, and The Cranking […]

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The Mechanics of the Man Hug

by Brett & Kate McKay

A firm, hearty handshake is always an appropriate way for men to greet each other. But when men achieve a greater familiarity, a man hug becomes appropriate. Some men fear male on male hugging of any kind. But done in an appropriate way, men can still hug while remaining secure in their manhood. Here’s how: […]

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Segregating the Sexes

by Brett & Kate McKay

Photo from John Collier, Jr. Last week’s New York Times Magazine had an article about the trend towards segregating boys and girls in America’s public school classrooms. Segregating by gender used to be the exclusive domain of private and religious schools. But failing public schools are turning to gender segregation with hopes that it can […]

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Ebook Link Fixed

by Brett

The link for the free ebook has been fixed. I apologize for it being down. If you still have problems downloading it please feel free to contact me with our handy contact form and I can send you a copy. (Also, the contact form has been fixed.) For those of you who don’t know about […]

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The Warrior’s Guide to True Manliness

by Brett

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Evan and Spencer Burton. They author the blog Living Indubiously. It was not long ago that men were born to be warriors and had no other obligations than to uphold the warrior code and to pass it on to their offspring. It was only during the past […]

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The Virtuous Life: Temperance

by Brett & Kate McKay

This is the first in a series of posts about living the virtuous life like Benjamin Franklin. Is there a less sexy idea today than temperance? Yet when Benjamin Franklin began his pursuit of the virtuous life, it was this virtue he chose to concentrate on first. The way in which Ben ordered his 13 […]

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Bringing Back the Hat

by Brett & Kate McKay

Up until the 1950s, men were rarely seen out and about without a hat sitting upon their head. Since that time, the wearing of hats has seen a precipitous decline. No one is precisely sure why. Some say the downfall of hats occurred when JFK did not wear a hat to his inauguration, thus forever […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: New Server Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today is the first whole day with the new host. Things appear to be going well. The switch was a little more rough than I wanted it to be., but what are you going to do? The new host should be able to handle the large amounts of traffic AoM has been getting these past […]

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