November 2013

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Lessons in Manliness from Andrew Jackson

by Brett & Kate McKay

“I was born for a storm and a calm does not suit me.” While his countenance graces our $20 bill, many Americans do not know much about the life of Andrew Jackson. He is often remembered as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans or condemned as the man responsible for the Trail of […]

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Turkey Week: How to Prepare and Brine a Thanksgiving Turkey [VIDEO]

by Brett

Welcome to Turkey Week at the Art of Manliness! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought it would be helpful to create a series of video tutorials on how to prepare, cook, and carve the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. With that in mind, I’ve teamed up with my friend Karl Engel, head chef of the […]

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How to Build a Secret Backyard Fire Pit

by Brett & Kate McKay

When Kate and I bought our first house two years ago, one of its biggest selling points was that it sits on a little over an acre of land. That may not sound like much if you live out in the country, but in suburban Tulsa, it’s like having a small farm. Most of the […]

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The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: November 15, 2013

by Brett & Kate McKay

Our winner from two weeks ago was Rob K. from Happy Valley, OR, and he chose the Woolrich Freedom Throw. Also, the winner of last week’s GoRuck Challenge + Rucksack giveaway was Hunter W. who will be doing the Challenge in Orlando, FL. Good luck Hunter! My Picks This Week  You’ll want to spend a […]

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How to Build an Interchangeable Wardrobe

by Antonio
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This post is brought to you by Gore-Tex®. Check out their line of casual, comfortable, and waterproof shoes here. How to build an interchangeable wardrobe on a budget.

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How to Be a Good Neighbor: 9 Old Fashioned Tips for Getting to Know the Folks Next Door

by A Manly Guest Contributor

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by John Corcoran. A new family moved in next door to me a few weeks ago, but to my 3-year-old son, you would have thought it was the circus that arrived, elephants and all, with how excited he was. The reality was much more mundane. Moving in were […]

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The 3 Elements of Charisma: Power

by Brett & Kate McKay

According to Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth, there are three components to charisma: Presence, Power, and Warmth. Last week we talked about the nature of real Presence and how to develop this vital quality. Today we’ll tackle that second element: Power. Charismatic individuals are powerful people. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’re […]

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This Veterans Day: Many a Man is Free

by Marcus Brotherton

Picture freedom. What image comes to mind? When Sergeant Shifty Powers, one of the original Band of Brothers, returned to England for a brief reprieve after fighting in Normandy during WWII, his fellow paratroopers Donald Malarkey and Alton More scrounged up a U.S. army motorcycle and sidecar to go for a ride. Ahead would come […]

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Art of Manliness Podcast #53: Experimenting with Your Life with A.J. Jacobs

by Brett

In today’s episode I talk to A.J. Jacobs, editor-at-large at Esquire Magazine, writer of several bestsellers (including The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy), and a self-proclaimed human guinea pig. He’s now a contributor to Upwave. A.J. and I discuss some of the crazy experiments he’s done with his life, the comic hijinks […]

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Ready for Some Good Livin’?: The GORUCK Giveaway

by Brett & Kate McKay

Last year I was introduced to the mettle-testing world of GORUCK. GORUCK was started by a Green Beret who wanted to offer civilians the same type of rugged backpack that he used during his military service. He then started the GORUCK Challenge as a way to field test his packs in a memorable and convincing […]

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A Complete Guide to Home Fire Prevention and Safety

by Jeremy Anderberg
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This post is brought to you by Kidde Worry-Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms. Find out more here. Everything you need to know to prevent and prepare for a home fire.

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The 3 Elements of Charisma: Presence

by Brett & Kate McKay

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President? Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract investors? Are you a military officer working to win your men’s loyalty? Are you a salesman trying to land some new clients? Are you a college professor wanting to get through […]

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Know Your Lifts: The Clean and Power Clean

by Brett

“Know Your Lifts” is an illustrated guide series that shows how to perform basic weightlifting exercises. Check out our previous guides on the High-Bar Back Squat, Deadlift, and Shoulder Press. On the docket today is an Olympic style lift that’s become popular among football players and Crossfitters: the Clean (or Power Clean). The clean is a full-body […]

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Dig Deep: You’re Stronger Than You Think

by Brett & Kate McKay

Awhile back I was doing a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout over on a nearby running/biking trail. Along the trail there’s a fairly steep hill that takes about a minute to sprint up at full speed. For my workout, I would charge up the hill as fast as I could, walk/jog back down, and […]

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Manvotional: Thoreau on Media and Information Consumption

by Brett & Kate McKay

  From “Life Without Principle” By Henry David Thoreau Just so hollow and ineffectual, for the most part, is our ordinary conversation. Surface meets surface. When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. We rarely meet a man who can tell us any news which he has not read […]

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How to Trim a Mustache [VIDEO]

by Brett

Happy Movember!  Have you signed up for the AoM Movember Team yet? It’s not too late to join up in the battle against prostate and testicular cancer. Sign-up today, start growing your mustache, and ask your friends and family to donate to your Mo Space! This is your chance to grow a kick butt mustache, raise some […]

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The Weekly Huckberry Giveaway: November 1, 2013

by Brett & Kate McKay

Our winner two weeks ago was Russell S. from Staunton, VA, and he chose the handsome Bayside Moc shoes. My Picks This Week First, I recommend checking out Vinyl Me, Please. It’s a super cool monthly subscription service that sends you the 5 pillars of VMP’s awesome each month: 1. a hand selected, new release […]

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