July 2009

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Meet the Parents

by Brett & Kate McKay

Meeting your girlfriend’s parents for the first time is a big step in a relationship. You’re taking it up a notch from casual dating;  you’re saying that you’re ready to start to solidifying your couplehood by placing yourself inside of her social and familial circle and allowing them to put a face to the name. […]

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In Praise of Sprezzatura: The Compleat Gentleman Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Brad Miner. Mr. Miner is the author of The Compleat Gentleman. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. What was once called sprezzatura, a wonderful word coined by the sixteenth-century writer Baldassare Castiglione, is a kind of graceful restraint that is an elemental […]

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Announcing the New Art of Manliness T-Shirts

by Brett & Kate McKay

Well we’ve upped the design on the Art of Manliness website and we thought it was time to up the coolness of our t-shirts as well. We’ve teamed up with the awesome men at Tankfarm Clothing to create a new line of AoM shirts. Not only are the designs uber manly, the t-shirts themselves are […]

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100 Must See Movies: The Essential Men’s Movie Library

by Brett & Kate McKay

For whatever reason (most likely the fact that viewing is easier than reading), films don’t seem to get the same kind of cultural respect as books do. Which is a shame because excellent movies can be just as entertaining, mind-expanding, and life changing as good books. Scenes, characters, and quotes from the greatest movies stay […]

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Manvotional: Self-Made Men by Frederick Douglass

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once a very popular and inspiring ideal, the concept of the self-made man has fallen into disfavor in our modern times. In a day when men often shirk personal responsibility, people excuse their failings with the victim card and everything is a “disease” over which we have no control, people are cynical that a man […]

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Weekly Round-Up: New Redesign Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

So this week was AoM’s very first with our new facelift. I think the Art of Manliness is looking pretty dang sharp. We’ve been tweaking little issues this week. If you encounter any problems, please let us know. Some of you have mentioned that you have to complete a “captcha” to leave a comment. This […]

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The Art of Letter Writing: Stationery

by Brett & Kate McKay

We previously began a series of posts on the lost art of letter writing. In hopes of resurrecting this splendid tradition, we will be presenting various posts on all the ins and outs of classic correspondence. Today we cover the foundation of the art of letter writing: stationery. If you are writing a casual letter […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Winston Churchill

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jonathan W. Thomas. Mr. Thomas runs the world’s largest Anglophile blog – Anglotopia – which has become a gathering place for Anglophiles all over the world. You can connect with him on Twitter as @jonathanwthomas. As an ardent Anglophile, I have a lot of respect and admiration […]

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So You Want My Job: College Professor

by Brett

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. This installment was written by Dr. Hunter Baker. Dr. Baker has the […]

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DIY Marriage Counseling

by Brett & Kate McKay

When marriages start going sour, couples are often urged to go see a therapist or to attend a workshop or seminar to help smooth out their difficulties. But these options are often quite expensive and outside a couple’s budget. If there’s already tension in your marriage, it’s probably not a wise idea to add financial […]

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Art of Manliness Housekeeping: RSS Feed and Email Updates Fixed

by Brett & Kate McKay

If you subscribe to the Art of Manliness through RSS feed or by email updates, you may have noticed that you haven’t seen anything new from AoM in about a week. No, we haven’t stopped blogging; perish the thought! This past weekend we’ve been doing some updates on the server and on the site’s design. […]

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More Than Just Finding North: Understanding the Compass

by Chris

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up, as did men of another age, to the challenge of nature. Modern man lives in a highly synthetic kind of existence. He specializes in this and that. Rarely […]

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Welcome to The Art of Manliness Redesign

by Brett

I’m sure many of you noticed that The Art of Manliness was down for maintenance this weekend. In between scarfing down burgers and watching fireworks, we were busy rolling out the redesign of the site. Welcome to AoM 2.o. I’ve been wanting to redesign the site for awhile now. When I first started AoM back […]

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Motivational Posters: George S. Patton Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

George “Old Blood and Guts” Patton was a four star general who ably led American troops during World War II. In his 36 years of distinguished service to the military, he earned the Purple Heart, 2 Distinguished Service Crosses, 3 Distinguished Service Medals,  2 Silver Stars, and several other decorations as well. Patton was as […]

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Happy 4th of July 2009!

by Brett & Kate McKay

Tomorrow is Independence Day here in the United States and we’re going to take a break so we can celebrate with friends and family. We hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July weekend. Here are some patriotic themed posts from AoM that you can read while taking a break from chowing down […]

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How to Give Praise Like a Man

by Brett

Editor’s note: We previously covered how to give criticism like a man. But it’s equally to know how to render effective praise. So today Tom Cox is going to gives us a primer on how to do so. Tom Cox is a consultant, author and speaker based in Beaverton, Oregon.  He has worked in nearly […]

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The Best of Art of Manliness: June 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

June was a fantastic month for The Art of Manliness. The 30 Days to a Better Man Challenge was a big success. We had over 600 people sign up for the official Community group. Thanks to everyone who participated! Keep your eyes open for the 30 Days to a Better Man eBook.  Also, traffic reached […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying the Perfect Engagement Ring

by Brett & Kate McKay

Find the girl who is the “one.” Check.   Ask her father for her hand in marriage. Check.  Plan the perfect proposal. Check. Buy engagement ring. Hmmmm…..  Buying an engagement ring can be an overwhelming task. There’s a lot of pressure on this purchase. It’s a symbol of your love for your girlfriend, and it’s […]

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