June 2009

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30 Days to a Better Man Wrap-Up

by Brett & Kate McKay

During the month of June 2009, The Art of Manliness ran a series of posts called “30 Days to a Better Man.” Each day we created a task for Art of Manliness readers to complete that would help them improve in different facets of their lives such as relationships, fitness and health, career, and personal […]

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How to Build Sturdy Basement Shelves

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: Every now and then, we feature an excellent blog post that was originally posted in The Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’re featuring an article from one of our most prolific community members, Will. Thanks for the great write up, Will! If you’re thinking about learning a handy skill, […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 30: Get a Straight Razor Shave

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from the Wisconsin Historical Society At last! We’ve finally made it to the last day of the 30 Days to a Better Man Challenge. It’s been a tough 30 days. Hopefully, the tasks we came up with helped you stretch, grow, and become a better man. Today’s final task will both complete this process […]

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The Essential Adventure Library: 50 Non-fiction Adventure Books

by Chris

Following up on our recent look into the world of fictional adventure literature, we now turn to the true life tales of exploration, adventure, and survival against all odds that have inspired countless readers for generations. Unlike their fictional counterparts, these riveting tales of conquests and ill fated journeys are completely true, and stand as […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 29: Conquer a Fear

by Brett & Kate McKay

Fear can be a good thing.  It’s a biological instinct that prevents us from doing stupid things that might kill us. For example, fear kicks in with good reason when we see a slithering snake or look over the edge of a cliff. Unfortunately, fear is not always rational and not always healthy. Thus, our […]

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Manvotional: “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Brett & Kate McKay

Independence Day is this Saturday here in the United States. In honor of it, we present “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The strength of any nation or community is found in the men (and women) who make it up, so be the best man you can be. “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 28: Write a Love Letter

by Brett & Kate McKay

We previously discussed the idea that every man should strive to be a romantic lover, and how the date is one of a man’s best tools for wooing a lady. A man’s other major tool in the romance department is the love letter. As long as love (and writing utensils) has existed, so has the […]

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Weekly Link Round-up: Week 4 of the 30 Days to a Better Man Challenge

by Brett & Kate McKay

Art of Manliness Contests The first thing I’d like to bring to your attention is the fact that we have a couple of contests that have been running during this month that are ending June 30. So if you’ve been meaning to enter them, don’t delay! Do you have a great photo of you as […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 27: Start a Book

by Brett & Kate McKay

1 in 4 American adults did not read a single book last year. Those who did read books were usually women and older folk. This doesn’t bode well for younger men.  It’s not that younger men aren’t reading. They’re probably reading plenty on blogs or on their Tweetdeck. But reading snippets from blogs and websites […]

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A Bodyweight Workout for Busy Men

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Get Yo Abs Right Mayo’nnaise!” Editor’s note: If today’s challenge to take the Marines Corps Fitness test humbles you into wanting to get into better shape, starting out with a bodyweight workout is an excellent way to go. Here, Jim Smith from Diesel Crew lays out a great plan for one. Many men don’t realize […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 26: Take the Marine Corps Fitness Test

by Brett & Kate McKay

During the 30 Days to a Better Man project, we’ve been doing a lot exercises for our mind and character, but it’s equally important to exercise our bodies. A man’s health is his most important asset. If you suffer from chronic health problems, it can take a toll on your job, on your bank account, […]

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So You Want My Job: Guitarist

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable man jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. For this installment we interviewed, Dan Skidmore. Like Joe Cope before him, […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 25: Start a Debt Reduction Plan

by Brett & Kate McKay

Since I’ve graduated law school, I’ve been taking a look at the debt Kate and I have accumulated during our time in school. And it isn’t pretty. I hate debt.  I hate the feeling of owing another person money. I hate thinking, “Oh good, I have x amount in savings!” And then realizing that when I […]

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7 Basic Knots Every Man Should Know

by Brett & Kate McKay

For centuries, knotsmanship has been passed from down generation to generation. It’s an essential skill whether a man desires to hit the high seas or a scale a high mountain. Heck, knots come in handy when you’re just working around the house. Unfortunately, many men don’t know how to tie a proper knot. When they […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 24: Play!

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you think fondly about your boyhood days, you probably think about the time you spent playing. While we now associate playing with toys, your best memories probably don’t involve plastic crap at all. You likely think about catching fireflies, building dirt ramps for your bike, playing capture the flag, having dirt clod fights, playing […]

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15 Manly Smells

by Brett & Kate McKay

Smells can conjure up some powerful memories. The smell of pine needles can take you back to childhood Christmases or the smell of a laundry detergent can remind you of home. For me, there are certain smells that I’ve come to associate with manliness. Whenever I smell them I think of my dad or grandpa […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 23: Learn a Manual Skill

by Brett & Kate McKay

I read an interesting article in Sunday’s New York Times where the editors asked 8 artists to draw a portrait of their fathers and name one thing that their dad can/could do, but they can’t. The answers were interesting and made me think of the things that my dad can do that I can’t. Like […]

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The Benefits of a Gap Year

by Brett & Kate McKay

From age 5 to age 22, most men ride a non-stop conveyor belt of education.  Until a man graduates from college or graduate school, he is expected to faithfully show up each fall with pencils and textbooks in hand. Have you ever taken a step back and wondered why? Why must schooling be a non-stop […]

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30 Days to a Better Man Day 22: Improve Your Posture

by Brett & Kate McKay

They are the battle cries of moms and elementary school teachers all over the world: “Sit up straight!” and “Stop slouching!” Despite what our third grade minds may have thought, sitting up straight wasn’t a stress position used to break unruly children. Believe it or not, our parents and teachers had a reason for issuing […]

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