September 2009

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Motivational Posters: Winston Churchill Edition (Part I)

by Brett & Kate McKay

As a writer, an historian, an officer in the British army, an artist, a consummate statesman, and a man who understood the pleasures of a fine cigar and a handsome suit, Winston Churchill was one of the world’s last true renaissance men. High on the list of his many notable talents was his gift for moving and […]

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Toolmanship Basics: How to Handle a Hammer

by Brett & Kate McKay

A lot of men today are clueless when it comes to tools. The increased affluence of the past 50 years led many men to outsource handyman work instead of doing repairs and home improvement themselves. And let’s face it. Men today can be pretty darn lazy. They’d rather play their Xboxes than work on building something with […]

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #2: Man Stories with Dan Lauth

by Brett & Kate McKay

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast! Today, we’re starting a new series on the show called “Man Stories.” Every other week, I’m going to bring on a different gentleman who reads the blog and ask him a few questions about what manliness means to him and the men who have […]

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Being the Rock

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Discordiacorner While much in the way of traditional gender roles has shifted in modern times, most women I know still want a man who can be the rock in the relationship. But just what does being the rock entail? I asked this question in the Community, and this is what a few of the […]

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Manvotional: A Manly Boy

by Brett & Kate McKay

Learning to be a man begins at an early age. Boys try to mimic the manly things they see their fathers and other men do. When they get older, they seek the advice of older men on what it takes to be a man. This short essay from Draper’s Self Culture was published in 1907 […]

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The Weekly Link Round-Up: September 26, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Art of Manliness Contests With 1,043 comments already, readers are clearly pretty fired up about getting their hands on a pair of Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots. Who will be the lucky man to bring these sweet puppies home? Get out your rabbit’s foot and be sure to enter if you haven’t already by leaving a […]

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How to Cross the Ocean on a Freighter Ship

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joseph P. Lenze. A few weeks ago Mr. Lenze shared his tips for international backpacking. Now, by popular demand, he gives us his advice on traveling by freighter ship, a manly adventure I’m willing to bet every man has dreamed about at one time or another. This […]

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So You Want My Job: Bicycle Product Manager

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 an interview with Luke Elrath. As the product manager for […]

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Three Essential Campfires: Snack Fire, Cooking Fire, and Comfort Fire

by Brett & Kate McKay

You can tell a lot about a camper’s experience by the type of fires they build. Inexperienced campers usually build the same, heaped together bonfire for all their campfire needs. Sure, building huge ass fires is fun, but it’s extremely inefficient. The typical bonfire campfire burns a lot of wood, wastes heat, and isn’t very […]

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #1: We Who Are Alive and Remain

by Brett

Well, I finally decided to start an Art of Manliness podcast. Many of you have requested that we crank something out so you can get your daily dose of manliness during your commute or while you’re exercising. Now please keep in mind that I have zero experience with podcasting. So this first go of it […]

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A Good Boot: The Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boot Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

For centuries, when a man needed extra support and protection for his feet, he would lace up a good pair of boots. Your grandpa or great-grandpa probably had a solid pair of leather boots in his shoe collection. During the frontier days, a good leather boot was an essential piece of clothing. Industrial workers did […]

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Curing Your Restlessness: Limiting Your Choices

by Brett & Kate McKay

A few weeks ago, we talked about a problem plaguing many men these days, modern neurasthenia, a feeling of anxiousness or restlessness. In this follow-up, we’ll delve deeper into what is causing this restlessness and how it can be cured. Back in our grandfathers’ day, there weren’t as many choices about what do with one’s […]

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Weekly Link Round-Up: September 19, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Picks from the Art of Manliness Archives Lessons in Manliness: Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War Do More Than One Stinking Pull-Up Are the Suburbs Killing Your Manhood? General Interest Links 100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend (@ the simple dollar) We’re all trying to stretch our money further these days. Trent […]

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The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. We worry about saying the wrong thing , or we feel awkward talking about such a serious matter. […]

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Keeping It Fresh: Avoiding Bad Breath, Body Odor, and Cheap Cologne

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from a fellow Tulsan and friend, Nathan Fifield. Do you remember when you were a teen and your parents or teachers complained about your terrible breath and body odor?If you were like me, you didn’t care and you probably didn’t do anything about it. After all, you couldn’t […]

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So You Want My Job: Veterinarian

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. When man’s best friend gets sick, veterinarians like Richard McAroy are the ones […]

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Every Man Should Be Able to Save His Own Life: 5 Fitness Benchmarks a Man Must Master

by Brett & Kate McKay

In 1926, strong man and physical culture enthusiast Earle Liederman wrote a book called Endurance. In it, Liederman makes the case that every man should be physically fit enough to save his own life in an emergency. He sets out five fitness benchmarks that indicate whether a man is up to this task. None require you to […]

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Backpacking Basics

by Brett & Kate McKay

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeff Rose. Mr. Rose is an Illinois Certified Financial Planner and co-founder of Alliance Investment Planning Group. He is also the author of Good Financial Cents, a financial planning and investment blog. You can also learn more about Jeff at his website Jeff Rose Financial. We last […]

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The Different Types of Manliness

by Brett & Kate McKay

Source: Image from freeparking If you take the time to read the comments on our site, you’ll soon see that there isn’t always agreement on what constitutes being manly. Some say that dressing to the nines is a manly pursuit; others say that caring about your style is distinctly unmanly: “Real men don’t use umbrellas! […]

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