August 2010

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How to Fire a Handgun Safely and Correctly

by Brett

I grew up around guns my entire childhood. My dad was a federal game warden, so seeing him holster up or clean his gun are some of my boyhood memories. Despite being around guns, I never really took an interest in them. I’m not sure why. I guess I just saw them as my dad’s […]

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Man Knowledge: Lost Cities Every Man Should Know

by Chris

Once again we step into the realm of Man Knowledge, where we seek to broaden your understanding of various manly topics so that when the subject comes up in conversation, you’re ready to contribute. This time around, we’re off hacking through the jungles of who-knows-where and diving to the deepest depths of destinations unknown in […]

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How to Firmly Say No Without Coming Off Like a Jerk

by Brett & Kate McKay

We’ve talked a lot about the Nice Guy Syndrome here on AoM. You know the guy. Big time people pleaser, always puts others before himself, lets people walk all over him. Heck, maybe you’re that guy. These so-called Nice Guys might appear happy on the outside, but on the inside they’re feeling burnt out, resentful, […]

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Manvotional: Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son, No. 1

by Brett & Kate McKay

George Lorimer, an editor at the Saturday Evening Post, published a series of fictional letters in that magazine in which a father, John Graham, imparts advice to his son, Pierrepont, throughout the different stages of the young man’s life. The letters were then compiled in the hugely successful 1901 book Letters from a Self-Made Merchant […]

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A Guide to Dressing Sharp for Fathers

by Antonio

Six years ago my life completely changed; the birth of my son ushered in a sense of awesome responsibility that was greater than any I have ever experienced (the Marine Corps and marriage included).  I realized very quickly that my actions, at more than anytime in my life, would have a direct effect on the […]

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When Piranha Means Dinner: Thoughts on Goal-Oriented and Expedition-Focused Travel

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bryan Schatz. Take a moment to imagine yourself here: Across the bow of your raft stands your friend; he’s masked by the darkness and your headlamp only sees the more important details. His face is covered in mud, and his hands are crimson from the blood of […]

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Feed Your Mind Online for Free

by Brett

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles about tech-related themes. They’ve asked me to do a series of articles for the site. My second entry is on where you can go on the net to expand and feed your mind without spending any dough. Check it […]

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Get the Perfect Haircut: How to Talk to Your Barber

by Brett

Don’t know how to tell your barber how you want your haircut? We got you covered with this comprehensive guide on how to talk to your barber to get the haircut you want.

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com.

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The Manly Tradition of the Pocket Notebook

by Brett & Kate McKay

Images from Field Notes The idea of carrying around a pocket notebook has become quite popular these last few years, revived by the introduction of the current incarnation of the “Moleskine” into the market. It’s become so popular that I’m afraid it has come to be seen as trendy or faddish, and this is putting […]

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3 Archetypes of American Manliness-Part I: The Genteel Patriarch

by Brett & Kate McKay

Since starting the Art of Manliness, I’ve read a lot about the history of masculinity across different cultures and time periods. One of the best books I’ve read on the history of manliness in the US is Michael Kimmel’s Manhood in America: A Cultural History (although my feelings on the conclusions he draws from that history are […]

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How to Buy and Restore Vintage Shaving Gear

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: Here at AoM, we’re big proponents of bringing back the traditional wet shave by learning how to shave like your grandpa (with a safety razor) or even like your great-grandpa (with a straight razor). If you decide to trade in your multi-blade cartridge razor for the old fashioned variety, you may find yourself with an […]

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How to Escape a Riptide

by Brett & Kate McKay

Summer is drawing to a close. If you made it to the beach this year, you managed to get your tan on and survive a shark attack. Congratulations! But there is another swimming danger that you should be aware of and that is moving into its most dangerous season: the riptide. Riptides (properly called rip […]

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So You Want My Job: Magician

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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. I think many boys, perhaps most, go through a magic phase in their […]

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Meals for the Bachelor: 5 Simple, One Skillet Recipes

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Moore. Last week, I casually mentioned to a friend that I had gone to see a movie by myself. Personally I’ve never thought it strange to catch an afternoon matinee without accompaniment. Besides, watching a movie is a great exercise in time out of mind: I […]

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Facebook Etiquette

by Brett & Kate McKay

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various websites to contribute different articles about tech-related themes. They’ve asked me to do a series of articles for the site. My first is on Facebook Etiquette, which many people certainly need to brush up on! Check it out here and leave a comment about […]

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #29: Serve to Lead with James Strock

by Brett

We will all serve in leadership roles at some time or another. It might be at our work, in our communities, or in our families. But what separates the great leaders from the merely good ones? Are great leaders born or made? Our guest today is an authority on the topic of leadership and will […]

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The Seasons of a Man’s Life

by Brett & Kate McKay

Embracing the opportunity and promise of self-improvement is a big part of the mission of this website. I’m a firm believer in constantly trying to better all aspects of your life and putting the goal of becoming a better man ever before you. Onwards and upwards, right? Well…yes, but… I’d like to talk about that […]

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Manvotional: Opportunity by Edward Rowland Sill

by Brett & Kate McKay

Opportunity By Edward Rowland Sill This I beheld, or dreamed it in a dream:- There spread a cloud of dust along a plain; And underneath the cloud, or in it, raged A furious battle, and men yelled, and swords Shocked upon swords and shields. A prince’s banner Wavered, then staggered backward, hemmed by foes. A […]

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Look What Happens When You Dress As Smart As You Are: Vintage Images From True Magazine

by Brett & Kate McKay

Tony’s post on how to change your style reminded me of a great magazine article I found awhile back ago in a 1954 issue of True Magazine for Men that I bought at an estate sale in Vermont. Entitled ”Look What Happens When You Dress As Smart as You Are,” the article highlights the style transformation of Columbia University […]

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