September 2010

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A Man’s Guide to Sweaters

by Antonio

A quality sweater that properly fits is one of the most flattering garments a man can wear.  It adds weight to a skinny physique and streamlines a large figure. Functionally it keeps you warm while style wise it can break up the monotonous wearing of dress shirts and slacks to the office. Yet most men […]

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Underestimating a Hike

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad S. Ritchie. It happens to almost everyone eventually. You’re in a new area, a friend of a friend tells you about a great hike, and you jump in. You’re told it’s an easy climb from 8000 ft to 9500 ft. No big deal-back home you’d climb […]

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So You Want My Job: Video Game Producer

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. If you haven’t played a video game since PacMan, you’ll be blown away […]

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Skydiving from Space-Part I: Joseph W. Kittinger’s Long, Lonely Leap

by Brett & Kate McKay

On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger parachuted from nearly 20 miles above the earth’s surface. What drives a man to jump from space? Scientific discovery certainly. The jump represented more than a daredevil’s thrill or a desire to break records; this was nascent space travel, the world’s first manned space program. Kittinger’s work with Projects […]

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Best New Tech for the Modern Handyman

by Brett

My Life Scoop is a website that invites bloggers from various blogs to contribute different articles on tech-related themes. They asked me to do a series of articles for the site. For my final entry, I shared some interesting gadgets that can help you with your home improvement projects, and well, just look kind of […]

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The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #32: Is There Anything Good About Men with Dr. Roy Baumeister (Part I)

by Brett

Welcome back to another episode of the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s edition, we talk to social psychologist Dr. Roy Baumeister about his book Is There Anything Good About Men? How Cultures Flourish by Exploiting Men. We discuss why men have enjoyed a higher economic and social status than women while at the […]

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Where Is the Grass Greener? The Economics of Happiness

by Brett & Kate McKay

Men have a certain innate restlessness. We’re always looking for a new adventure, wanting to feel like we’re progressing in life, and wondering if the grass might be greener somewhere else. Our ever-searching nature can be a good thing if it’s channeled into pursuits that really lead to greater happiness and satisfaction. But restlessness can […]

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Manvotional: Heroic Education

by Brett & Kate McKay

“Heroic Education” From Courage by Charles Wagner THE old stoics had this saying among themselves, Nihil mirari, — “Do not be astonished at anything.” The sense of it is plain; it means that we must not allow ourselves to be overawed by men or things, to be frightened or disconcerted. A man should retain his […]

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Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi Shoe Care

by Brett & Kate McKay

My dad had a manly tradition that I fondly remember from my childhood. Maybe yours had the same one. One Saturday every month, my dad would pull out his wooden shoe polish kit packed with tins of KIWI shoe polish and take all his boots to the den to polish them. He usually watched In […]

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The Art of Conversation

by Brett & Kate McKay

I think we’ve all encountered men who have a knack for good conversation. They can talk to anybody about anything in a laid-back, casual manner that sets people immediately at ease.  A complete stranger can walk away from these conversational maestros feeling like he’s known known them for years. It’s easy to think that the […]

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Crazy Stuff Your Dad Has Said: The $#*! My Dad Says Sweepstakes

by Brett

While we might wish our dad was like Ward Cleaver, most dads are far from perfect. Maybe your dad is more like Archie Bunker or Fred G. Sanford. They loved their families and would do anything for them, but when dispensing fatherly advice they usually ended up saying some crazy, albeit super hilarious stuff. They […]

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How to Change Your Car’s Air Filter

by Brett

Think back to the last time you had your oil changed at a quick lube. The mechanic brings you out to the car to show you how filthy your air filter is and tells you it’s time to replace it. You’re a busy man with places to go and people to see, so you nod […]

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Lessons in Manliness from Beowulf

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Ratelle. “For every one of us, living in this world means waiting for our end. Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark… Endure your troubles today. Bear up and be the man I […]

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Mastering Man Food: How to Cook Bacon Properly

by Chris

“I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post, which any human power can give.” -Thomas Jefferson Ahhhh bacon, that most wonderful of […]

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3 Archetypes of American Manliness- Part III: The Self-Made Man

by Brett & Kate McKay

Today we will cover the last of three archetypes of American manliness proposed by Michael Kimmel in his book, Manhood in America. As we discussed in previous posts, both the Genteel Patriarch and Heroic Artisan were ideals of manliness imported from Europe to the American colonies in the 18th century. Both archetypes offered American men a […]

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A Man’s Primer on the Blazer Jacket

by Antonio

Incredibly versatile, a navy blazer is one of the core garments a man should own if he lives in a large city, near the water, or has a lifestyle where the wearing of suits and sports jackets needs to be bridged.  A blazer should always be matched with odd trousers (never a fabric too similar) […]

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Calling Cards Fit for a Gentleman: Art of Manliness Calling Cards and Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

A couple of years ago we wrote an article on the gentleman’s guide to the calling card. It’s one of our most popular posts on the site, and we often get emails from readers inquiring where they can get a set of manly looking calling cards. We toyed with the idea of creating our own […]

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Two Wheels to Freedom Part II: Gearing Up for a Bike Tour

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Bryan Schatz. Leaving off from the previous post on the nature of bike-touring and what to expect, the following is a basic overview of equipment and things to consider in order to prepare for a bike-tour. Invariably, the particulars of each tour will vary depending on your […]

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How to Clean Like a Man

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Joe Weber. Part of becoming a man is picking up after yourself. Your mom used to do that for you. Being a man means doing it yourself. You could be the best dressed guy in town with an endless bankroll, but if your home looks like a […]

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