April 2011

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Man Knowledge: 5 Pirates Every Man Should Know

by Chris

Following up our recent article introducing you to the life and ways of pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy, we will now look to some of the individual personalities that made this lifestyle so fascinating for generations to come.  From the sheer effectiveness of Black Bart Roberts to the fascinatingly flamboyant Blackbeard, these are […]

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So You Want My Job: Barber

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. Given our great love for barbershops, I can’t believe it’s taken this long […]

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Win the War on Debt: 80 Ways to Be Frugal and Save Money

by Brett & Kate McKay

The manliness of frugality cannot be overstated. Frugality cultivates the manly qualities of independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, simplicity, and minimalism. It keeps a man free from the enslaving chains of debt and gives him an sense of manly pride and satisfaction. Frugality build a man’s immunity to the siren call of “stuff,” helps him learn to […]

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How to Match a Tie with a Dress Shirt and Suit

by Antonio

When it comes to adding the finishing touch–the tie–some men feel confused as to how to choose a tie that will complement the other elements in their ensemble. Here’s everything you need to know on how to match a tie with your outfit.

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. What’s this?

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Lessons in Manliness from Bass Reeves

by Brett & Kate McKay

Who was the greatest Deputy U.S. Marshal of the Old West? Wyatt Earp? Wild Bill Hickok? How about Bass Reeves? Bass who? Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves was arguably the greatest lawman and gunfighter of the West, a man who served as a marshal for 32 years in the most dangerous district in the country, […]

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Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #37: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football with John Miller

by Brett

While it’s now arguably America’s favorite pastime, football came close to extinction only a short time after it started. Severe injuries and even death were common in the early days of football as players used little or no protection and the rules of the game encouraged ruthless play. Many university presidents and other social leaders […]

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How to Buy and Restore Vintage Straight Razors

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Pisarcik and Sebastian Sandersius. When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly goes to your great-grandpa’s tool of choice: the straight-edge razor. You may have thought about owning one, but immediately dismissed the idea for a host of reasons. They can be […]

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Hero Training: The Lift an Object Off Someone in Distress Workout

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task. Even if you never have to step in to save the day, it’s just […]

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Kitchen Fundamentals: Basic Knife Skills

by Matt Moore

1 Onion, diced 2 Tomatoes, roughly chopped 1 Jalapeno, finely diced 2 Cloves Garlic, minced As someone who writes recipes for a living, it’s my job to make cooking easy and enjoyable for others. I suppose my “job satisfaction” comes when people tell me that a recipe of mine turned out to be one of […]

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Men’s Reading List: 34 Books About Being a Man

by Brett

Since starting the Art of Manliness, I’ve read a boatload of books about masculinity, manliness, and simply being a man. There are books out there on every aspect of the male experience from practical skills like carving a turkey and dressing well to sociological studies on what it means to be a man in history […]

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Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric – Memory

by Brett & Kate McKay

Welcome back to our series on Classical Rhetoric. Today we’re continuing our five-part segment on the Five Canons of Rhetoric. So far we’ve covered the canons of invention, arrangement, and style. Today we’ll be covering the canon of memory. The Three Elements of the Canon of Memory 1. Memorizing one’s speech. Anciently, almost all rhetorical communication was done […]

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How to Bowl a Strike

by Brett

Bowling has a long and thoroughly manly history. But if you’re like me, then your contribution to this legacy of manliness hasn’t been anything to write home about. Which is to say, for much of my life I was a pretty sorry bowler. I liked going bowling with my friends and reveling in some manly camaraderie, […]

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The Art of Winemaking: Part I

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Matthew Nagy. Matthew has worked as a vintage winemaker in California, New York, and New Zealand. Let’s face it. Wine rarely conjures up the same aura of manliness that a good scotch or a great stout does. But many of the eminent men of history have enjoyed and […]

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Blue Jeans: An Introduction to Denim

by Antonio

Is there anything more American than blue jeans?

Over the last 160 years blue jeans have woven their way into American and even world culture.  Classless, utilitarian, and yet classically stylish, jeans have been worn by prisoners, plumbers, and presidents alike.

This series is supported by Gillette. Learn more about Gillette and its products at Gillette.com. What’s this?

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Temple Bags Laptop Briefcase Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

For a long time, if a man wanted to buy himself a handsome laptop bag, his choices were pretty limited. Boring, black nylon Dilbert-esque bags dominated the market. They seemed designed to make you depressed about your job before you even got to work. Thankfully, several entrepreneurial men have stepped in to fill the need […]

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Famous Men and Their Motorcycles

by Brett & Kate McKay

Few things have captured the passion, the sometimes obsession, of men like the motorcycle. There’s no mystery as to why this is. Motorcycles represent a peculiar combination of several manly elements: danger, speed, singular focus, solitude, mechanics, noise, and physical skill. Many famous men were motorcycle enthusiasts; they combined their passion for things like acting, […]

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Manvotional: More Light and Less Noise

by Brett & Kate McKay

From Lincoln’s Yarns and Stories, 1900 The President was bothered to death by those persons who boisterously demanded that the War be pushed vigorously; also, those who shouted their advice and opinions into his weary ears, but who never suggested anything practical. These fellows were not in the army, nor did they ever take any […]

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Winners of the Spring 2011 Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest

by Brett & Kate McKay

A couple of weeks ago we held a contest on the site called Shoe Shine Saturday. Readers submitted photos of their best shoe shine, and the pictures were judged by the quality of the shoe shine and the creativity of the photo. We received over 270 awesome and very manly submissions. The Art of Manliness […]

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How to Properly Iron a Dress Shirt

by Antonio

I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen a man who’s wearing what would be a very dapper get-up….except it’s ruined by wrinkly clothes. I see this especially with young, single professional men who probably don’t have mom or a wife to iron their clothes for them and never learned this basic life skill […]

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