October 2009

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Weekly Link Round-Up: October 31, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last Chance to Join the Art of Manliness Movember Team! Movember starts on Nov. 1. So today is your last chance to sign up and join your AoM brothers in a month long effort to grow a manly stache and raise money for men’s health issues. Up for grabs is a sweet Box of Manliness, […]

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How to Change Your Motor Oil

by Brett & Kate McKay

Share Ever since I’ve owned a car, I’ve always taken it to a quick lube to get the oil changed. Every 3,000 miles I would find myself sitting in a lounge munching on complimentary donuts while some other man changed my oil. But it never felt right. I would stare out the window into the […]

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So You Want My Job: Police Officer

by Brett & Kate McKay

Image from Chicagos Finest Share 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 hear from a man who works […]

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The Mad Men Guide to a Manly Haircut

by Brett

Share AMC’s Mad Men is one of television’s most popular shows right now. Yeah, the story is good, but the attention to retro detail and the classic style of Don Draper and crew is at least an equal attraction. Well-tailored grey suits, pocket squares, and skinny ties makes the men on the show look cool, […]

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The Art of Manliness Movember Contest 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Every time I turn on a football game, I see players with pink shoelaces and pink gloves and pink towels, all promoting breast cancer awareness. I’m all for saving the world’s wonderful tata’s, but men have a cancer all of their own, and it unfortunately doesn’t get quite as much attention (I guess nobody wants […]

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #6: Man Stories With Zeke Smith

by Brett

Welcome back to another episode of The Art of Manliness podcast. This week we return to our series called “Man Stories” where we interview an Art of Manliness reader and get his personal perspective on manliness. Our guest this week is Zeke Smith. Zeke is an American living in England while his wife pursues her […]

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On Manly Loyalty

by Brett & Kate McKay

In Dante’s Inferno, Dante takes an allegorical journey through the nine levels of Hell. With Virgil as his guide, he ventures through nine concentric circles, each level inhabited by successively worse sinners. Dante works his way through limbo, lust, gluttony, avarice, wrath and sloth, heresy, violence, and fraud, before finally making it the center of the earth and the lowest circle of Hell.

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Manvotional: Report from the Attack on Thebes

by Brett & Kate McKay

In Euripides’ Suppliant Women, a messenger reports the bravery of the seven men who died while trying to take back the city of Thebes. All the men who died were not only great warriors, but they lived exemplary lives of honorable manliness.

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The Weekly Link Round-Up: October 24, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

The Art of Manliness Book Now Available on Kindle
For you futuristic fellows who have no patience for old school paper and ink, the Art of Manliness book in now available on the Kindle.
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If you enjoy the Art of Manliness blog, please help a brother out by getting the word out about the Art of Manliness book. Let’s spread the manliness from coast to coast. Here are some ways to lend a hand:

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How to Exit a Room Like a Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

You’re at a party. Maybe someone made you go, cornered you at work or school and you couldn’t think of an excuse fast enough to dodge the invitation. Or perhaps you showed up to a social event that held the promise of being a fun shindig, but after listening for 20 minutes to a lady explain the pros and cons of buying an Accord over a Camry and being forced into a conga line against your will, all you want to do is make like a baby and head out.

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Battling Bacne

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Bacne. It’s an unpleasant word to write and to read and yet unfortunately we must as this is one of the most common forms of acne you’ll find on a man. Thanks to the over-active sebaceous glands on our backs coupled with hair and several other factors, men are very susceptible to this difficult form of acne.

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So You So Want My Job: Army Scout

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 hear from one of the dedicated men serving our country in the Armed Forces. Caleb DeArmas is a Calvary Scout in the US Army who will soon be sent back to Iraq for another tour of duty.

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Philanthropy for the Adventurer: Making a Difference in Unusual Ways

by Chris

Most of us spend our vacations in predictable fashion. We pack up and head off to Disney World for a week, or we spend a few days at the hunting cabin with the boys, or we throw the kids in the van and speed off to Yellowstone. While our holiday choices are often wide ranging, there is usually a common theme:

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #5: The Cultural History of the Beard with Allan Peterkin

by Brett

Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this edition, we talk about the history of beards and facial hair with Allan Peterkin, author of 1000 Beards: The Cultural History of Facial Hair. Find out why popes are beardless, what psychologists have said your beard unconsciously says about you, and why politicians don’t have beards anymore.

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How to Speed Read Like Theodore Roosevelt

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Theodore Roosevelt did things, he did them with gusto. That included reading. Roosevelt was a voracious reader. The man devoured books like a damn hungry lion feasting on a fresh kill. While in the White House, he would read a book every day before breakfast. If he didn’t have any official business in the evening, he would read two or three more books plus any magazines and newspapers that caught his fancy.

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The Weekly Link Round-Up: October 17, 2009

by Brett & Kate McKay

Signed Copies of the Art of Manliness Book You can now order signed copies of the new Art of Manliness book through our site. Even if you’re not hankering for our John Hancocks, if you reside in a far flung place of the world where the book is not yet available, this is a great […]

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So You Want My Job: Road Test Driver

by Brett & Kate McKay

Arthur St. Antoine test-driving a Reynard Formula 3000 race car in Canada. Share 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. […]

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A Pipe Smoking Primer

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from AoM reader Jason Mills.
I can remember visiting my best friend when I was younger. It was fun to get together and have adventures like boys do, but one thing I really, really liked was his dad. His dad was an old farm man and looked like it from the weather-beaten lines on his face to his calloused hands. He was quiet spoken and loved smoking his pipe.

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Lessons in Manliness: Matthew Henson

by Brett & Kate McKay

When you think of history’s great Arctic explorers, what names spring to mind? Ernest Shackleton? Robert Peary? How about Matthew Henson?

Matthew who?

While Robert Edwin Peary’s name has come down to us as the first to set foot on the northernmost part of the world (although not without controversy), the story of the man who truly made that expedition possible has often been overlooked.

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