December 2010

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Art of Manliness: Best of 2010

by Brett & Kate McKay

Man, oh, man. 2010 is coming to a close. What a year it has been. The biggest event in our life was the birth of our son Gus McKay back in October. He’s two months old and is all smiles. This is one happy baby. Kate and I love being parents and are excited to […]

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Christmas Eve Manvotional 2010

by Brett & Kate McKay

While traveling in France, author William J. Lederer was so touched by the actions of an American Navy Sailor on Christmas Eve that he sent the following letter to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C, Admiral David L. McDonald. Admiral David L. McDonald, USN Chief of Naval Operations Washington, D.C. Dear Admiral McDonald, Eighteen […]

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Hitting the Bull Part I: The Game of Darts

by Bryan Schatz

Many of us have a favorite watering hole where we to go to unwind and have a good time. Some of us may prefer the dive bar, others the neighborhood brewery; some appreciate a younger crowd or the club/bar scene. I personally prefer the cozy pub, and in my town I’ve found one of the […]

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Classical Rhetoric 101: The Three Means of Persuasion

by Brett & Kate McKay

Welcome back to our ongoing series on classical rhetoric. Today we’ll cover the three means of persuasion as set forth by Aristotle in The Art of Rhetoric. According to Aristotle, a speaker or writer has three ways to persuade his audience: Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. […]

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How to Build the Best Snowman in the Neighborhood

by Brett & Kate McKay

Unless you grew up in Fiji, you probably already know the basics of snowman building. Here we’ll share the secrets to building a bigger, better, faster, stronger snowman. Okay, maybe not faster; Frosty’s still not going anywhere. But these tips can help you or your kids create the best snowman in the neighborhood.


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Lessons in Manliness from Harry Houdini

by Brett & Kate McKay

Harry Houdini. “The Handcuff King.” “The Man Who Walked Through Walls.” Master Magician. Escape Artist Extraordinaire. Almost a century has passed since his death, and Houdini, who was the most famous entertainer of his time, is still a name nearly everyone knows and reveres. He was king of the “Golden Age of Magic.” His enormous […]

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Amateur Boxing for Beginners: A How-to Guide Part III

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Martin Schatz. In our first article, we looked into the what’s and how’s of finding a respectable boxing gym.  In our second, we covered the best ways to earn respect and ingratiate yourself into the gym environment.  In this final installment, we will describe how to put […]

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Nine Writers Carrying the Torch for Men’s Fiction

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jarrett Haley and Tim Chilcote. Gentlemen, let’s face it: Hemingway is dead. Likewise with Faulkner, Mailer, Updike, Cheever, Miller, Carver, and the rest of the greats who made a living writing the stories of men in the golden age. But just because the big men of letters […]

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An Excellent and Manly Example of a Sympathy Note

by Brett & Kate McKay

Awhile back, we published an article on how to write a sympathy note. Penning this type of correspondence is a difficult task. While I think we offered a good guide, it’s one of those things that’s easiest to understand when you see a real example. So I when I came across the following letter in […]

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3 Knots Every Fisherman Should Know

by Bryan Schatz

I recently took up fishing. This means that I have recently taken up drinking beer at the pier and on top of the cliffs overlooking the ocean. I sit and drink and watch the ocean alongside my voiceless companion, Fishing Pole. I enjoy Fishing Pole’s company, primarily because of his complete silence. He communicates only […]

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A Man’s Guide to Socks

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

We give this often overlooked piece of clothing a thorough look over, if for no other reason than to ensure when you spend your hard earned dollars you are buying the best socks for your needs.

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Problems with the AoM Contact Form, Part Deux

by Brett & Kate McKay

Several months go we let you know that there had been a problem with the contact form on the site, and though we thought we fixed it, it has come to my attention recently that it’s had another glitch for the past month or two. Some messages were coming through, but some weren’t. I’ve hopefully […]

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A Generation of Men Raised by Women

by Brett

“We’re a generation of men raised by women. I’m wondering if another woman is really the answer we need.” This comment, made by the Tyler Durden character in the movie Fight Club, is one of the most memorable lines of that film and has oft been repeated and discussed. It’s sticking power is surely due […]

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Manvotional: Habit

by Brett & Kate McKay

Habit From Ethics for Young People By Charles Carroll Everett, 1861 In speaking of the influence of companions, I said that a man tends to imitate the persons by whom he is surrounded; and we saw that while this tendency may work harm, it may also work much good: and that in fact the development […]

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5 Lessons Rugby Taught Me About Fatherhood

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Andrew Wyns. Mr. Wyns is the Executive Director of Bridges of Greater New York, a transitional housing program for men struggling with addiction and being released from prison. The sport of rugby finds its roots in soccer. According to legend, in 1823 an English school boy caught […]

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How to Build an Impenetrable Snow Fort

by Brett & Kate McKay

While trees, mailboxes, and other objects can work as makeshift cover, nothing can protect you from a snow missile onslaught like a well-built snow fort.

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A Deadly Ritual: 5 Men Who Died from Shaving

by Brett & Kate McKay

These days, nothing can be more routine for a man than shaving. We hardly give a second thought to scraping a razor against our skin each morning. If we fear anything about the process, it’s that we’ll nick ourselves or end up with severe razor burn. But it wasn’t always so. Shaving was once a […]

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How to Make a Secret Book Safe

by Brett & Kate McKay

I love anything with secret compartments. From the big (secret passageways) to the small (a secret pocket in a jacket), there’s just something delightful about things that are hidden away. Which is why I’ve always been drawn to book safes. They combine my love for secret compartments with my love for books. And they’re just […]

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Mountain and Sackett 2010 Holiday Tie Giveaway

by Brett

It’s back! Our semi bi-annual Mountain & Sackett giveaway is here again. I love Mountain & Sackett ties. They’re a family-owned business that’s been making ties right here in the U.S. of A since 1957. And the quality of their ties can’t be beat. Other companies use machines to pump out hundreds of ties an hour. […]

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