November 2008

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The Case for Marriage

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from TooTallVal Lately, marriage has gotten a bad rap. It seems like many people these days feel marriage is some archaic arrangement that holds people back from realizing their full potential. Even if people aren’t particularly anti-marriage, they will avoid getting hitched for as long as they can. Many men delay marriage because they […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Book Deadline Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

Kate and I have a deadline for a draft of The Art of Manliness book due this Monday. We’ve been cranking away at it for the past few days putting the finishing touches on it. It’s looking good so far. After this deadline, we just have one more and we’ll be done. I can’t wait […]

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Growing a Manly Beard

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Steve Wilson, the author of beards.org. Make sure to check out his manly site! It inspired me to grow my first beard this month. Growing a beard is an affirmation of manliness and masculinity. The beard itself is a physical characteristic that separates men from boys, girls, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you’re in the United States, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a great day spending time with friends and family and chowing down on some delicious grub. To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve dug up this old film from 1950 called “A Day of Thanksgiving.” In it a dad explains to his kids, that there’s more […]

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5 Thanksgiving Traditions to Pass Along to Your Son

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mike Koehler. Your family is gathered around the table, on its best behavior and ready to dig in to a great meal. And there sits your son at the kids table or stuck between his aunt and uncle wondering what Thanksgiving means to him besides turkey leftovers […]

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The Polls Are Open! Vote for the 2008 Art of Manliness Man of the Year

by Brett & Kate McKay

We are excited to announce the 10 finalists for the 2008 Art of Manliness Man of the Year Award Sponsored by Old Spice. We received over 120 fantastic nominations. It was agonizingly difficult to pare down the many worthy nominees to just 10. All of the men nominated represented the best in manliness. It was […]

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How To Cook and Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Vermont Ferrett Share Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means one thing- turkey. Preparing and carving a turkey for loved ones at Thanksgiving is definitely a manly task (cooking in general is a manly task). It involves roasted flesh, sharp knives, and popping joints. So impress your friends and family this […]

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Be a Man: Learn to Cook

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from jazzejungueinc Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Scott Kustes, author of the Modern Forager blog. Check it out and sign up for his RSS updates. Back at the beginning of July, Brett asked the question, “Is Cooking Manly?” The poll results were astoundingly lopsided: 95% yes, 5% no. It looks like […]

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How to Be a Gracious Host

by Brett

Image from magarell Yesterday, we set down the rules of being the perfect houseguest. The host likewise has important responsibilities and expectations to fulfill. The ability to show hospitality has been a measure of one’s character across cultures and time. Hospitality goes beyond providing simple room and board; it involves making your guest feel comfortable, […]

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How to be the Perfect Houseguest

by Brett

Image by George Marks Next week is Thanksgiving and with it comes the arrival of the holiday season. Many of you will be traveling to see family and friends this time of year. Staying with loved ones can be a great time, and everyone loves free lodging. But you must always remember that hospitality is […]

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Manvotional: Boys Wanted

by Brett & Kate McKay

I found this poem in a book on public speaking from 1900. While it was written for young boys, it’s just as applicable to young men. Hard work, dedication, and resiliency are all qualities we should try to develop in our sons and in ourselves.

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: Man Store Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

Some of you may have noticed a box in the sidebar that has a bunch of books rotating in it. Those are books that I’ve handpicked for the Art of Manliness Bookstore. You’ll find books about men and for men. In addition to books, I’ve also included some manly accoutrements like classic shave gear and […]

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6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond

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Editor’s Note: In honor of Quantum of Solace being released today, AoM contributor Cameron Schaefer has put together this rundown of Bond’s most manly qualities. Admit it, if you’re a man, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to spend a day in the shoes of 007 himself, “Bond, James Bond.” The cars, adventure, […]

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Three Steps to Building Your Individual Style

by Antonio

Every man is unique, and every man has his own individual style.I say this to every one of my clients because it’s very important to understand this simple concept. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded with marketing messages trying to tell us who we should want to be, how buying this […]

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Thank You To Our Military Veterans

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today in the United States it’s Veterans Day, a day in which we honor those brave men and women who have served their country in the military. To those who have served in the military, The Art of Manliness takes our hat off to you. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice in keeping us […]

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Coming of Age: The Importance of Male Rites of Passage

by Brett & Kate McKay

The elders of the tribe stood in front of the hut and beckoned for the young man to come out and begin the festivities of the special day. The young man had barely slept the night before, anxiously anticipating the tests he would soon be called to endure. As he rose to meet the elder, […]

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Manvotional: A Father’s Advice From Hamlet

by Brett & Kate McKay

William Shakespeare’s words speak across generations and cultures. In this scene, Polonius gives a bit of fatherly advice to his son Laertes before he heads off to France. While all the advice is good, the best doesn’t come until the end- “To thine own self be true.” Be a man of honor and integrity. Live […]

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The Art of Manliness Weekly Roundup: One More Day To Nominate Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

I wanted to use this weekly roundup for a last minute plug for the Art of Manliness Man of the Year. You just have a day and a half left to nominate a man for the award. Nominations will close tomorrow evening. The Art of Manliness Man of the Year award is to honor men […]

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How To Change A Flat Tire

by Brett & Kate McKay

There’s no sound  as disheartening to a driver than the flop flop of a flat tire. They always seem to come at inconvenient times, too. But to a man who knows how to change a flat, that flopping noise is a chance to display his self-sufficiency. Just like knowing how to jumpstart a car, knowing how to […]

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