August 2009

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International Backpacking 101

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we occasionally feature an excellent article that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Joseph P. Lenze. I have circumnavigated the earth on a shoestring budget without the use of an airplane by traveling through 43 countries via land […]

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The Importance of Paying Your Dues

by Brett & Kate McKay

As a member of a Generation Y, I’m always on the look out for articles about people my age. While many sociologists and employers have very positive things to say about my generation, they also make critiques. A common criticism that many employers have about young people entering the workplace is that 20-somethings want all […]

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The Weekly Round-Up

by Brett & Kate McKay

I’d like to devote this edition of the round-up to one of the features of the Art of Manliness Community: Groups. The Community allows you to create and join groups that revolve around a certain specific interest. Within the group you can join like-minded men to discuss a common interest or theme, pose questions, and […]

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Motivational Posters: Ernest Hemingway Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

I admittedly didn’t know much about Ernest Hemingway beyond his fine works of literature until I read Chris Hutcheson’s article, “The Hemingway You Didn’t Know: Papa’s Adventures.” Despite Hemingway’s flaws, he spent his life engaging in all manner of bad assery. I was so inspired by Chris’ article that I decided to put together some […]

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Lessons in Manliness: James J. Braddock

by Brett & Kate McKay

Boxing has always lent itself to metaphor. The idea of two men, squaring off toe to toe, battling with only their fists becomes an easy stand in for the life struggles of every man. Perhaps no boxing story has transcended the literal nature of the sport to become a grand symbol more than the story […]

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Overcoming the Barriers to Mentorship: The Retribing Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Editor’s note: This is a guest post by A.J Rippo. Mr. Rippo is the author of Retribing. For a chance to win his book, see the details below. Accomplished men are often heard attributing their success in part to the impact of mentors on their lives, and much has been written about the […]

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How to Apologize Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life “I’m sorry.” Two simple words and yet two of the hardest to say. We easily utter them in response to trivial matters like accidentally jostling a stranger on the subway or giving the cashier the wrong change. Yet in important matters and to those who mean the most to us, we can find […]

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Manvotional: Difficulties

by Brett & Kate McKay

We all face difficulties in our lives. Some big, some small. When I look at the lives of great men who overcame great obstacles, one common thread between them is the attitude they took towards the challenge. They didn’t mope around and let whatever happen happen. The ones who conquered their difficulties took action and […]

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Art of Manliness Weekly Round-Up

by Brett & Kate McKay

Art of Manliness Contests Last week we ran the Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont bow tie giveaway. It looks like the bow tie might be coming back in style because there were over 600 of you who entered to win one. Well, we randomly selected a person from the the list of comments and the […]

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Old School Workout: Daily Exercises for Young Men From 1883

by Brett & Kate McKay

In 1883, physical culture enthusiast William Blaikie wrote a book entitled “How to Get Strong, and How to Stay So.” In it, he gives a primer on strength training. One of my favorite sections is a sample physical fitness routine for young men. What I like about the routine Blaikie proposes is its simplicity. The […]

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So You Want My Job: Actor

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 jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Eitan Loewenstein is a professional actor who has been seen on “Ghost Whisperer,” […]

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How to Pick a Barber

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Joe Leland Unfortunately, many men today are missing out on the benefits of having a regular barber. As the barbershop tradition has faded, modern men just end up going to the closest unisex salon to get their hair cut. And each time they get they go, they end up with a different stylist […]

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How to Build a 1st Place Pinewood Derby Car

by Brett & Kate McKay

When it comes to father/son bonding experiences, few can match the satisfaction of working on a pinewood derby car together. Most Cub Scout packs have an annual pinewood derby race. Little Scouts turn blocks of wood into super fast racing machines. In the process, they get a basic lesson in physics, tool handling, and competition. […]

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How to Make a Decision Like Ben Franklin

by Brett & Kate McKay

“My way is to divide half a sheet of paper by a line into two columns; writing over the one Pro and over the other Con. Then during three or four days’ consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different time occur to me, for or […]

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Art of Manliness Weekly Round-Up: 30 Days to a Better Man Ebook Edition

by Brett & Kate McKay

This week we announced the release of the 30 Days to a Better Man eBook. Thanks to everyone who’s bought one so far. If you’d like to be able to print off and read our popular 30 Days to a Better Man series in an easy to read PDF, click here and download it. For […]

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Cowboys Recipes That’ll Put Hair on Your Chest

by Brett

Back in the days of cowboys and cattle drives, the ranch cook and cattle team cook played an important role and wielded enormous power. Because the cook determined whether a cowboy received a decent meal after a hard day of wrangling cattle, cowboys were always on their best behavior with the cook. Not even the […]

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Guide to Being a Great Godfather

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from JOnny_t For many people, hearing the word “godfather” brings up images of Italian mob bosses calling in hits on rival mob families or snitches within their own ranks. But there’s actually more to being il padrino than granting favors and running a criminal organization. The reality is that taking on the role of […]

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So You Want My Job: Peace Corps Volunteer

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 jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Today we feature a different sort of job; it’s not something you can […]

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The Hemingway You Didn’t Know: Papa’s Adventures

by Chris

“Never confuse movement with action.” -Ernest Hemingway Nearly fifty years after his death, Ernest Hemingway remains a commanding presence in the literary world.  His works annually sell well into the seven figures, and several of his astounding 27 books and 50+ short stories are considered to be masterpieces of American literature.  Even the finest works […]

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