The Art Of Manliness


Decluttering Your Digital Life

Hamlet’s Blackberry. The Joy of Missing Out. Irresistible. Reclaiming Conversation. The Tech-Wise Family. Recent years have seen a boom in books (and articles) about being digitally mindful — putting down the smartphone, closing the computer, and engaging with real-world, tactile things. All this content makes the case that our devices are sapping a bit of […]

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April 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

The Risk of NOT Letting Your Kids Do Risky Things

In the last installment of this series on the causes and effects of the modern trend towards overprotective parenting, we explored the evidence behind the biggest reason parents give for adopting this approach and abandoning the more “free range” method they were reared with themselves: that the world today is more dangerous than it once […]

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April 21, 2017, 5:37 p.m.

Podcast #297: Making Your Kid a Money Genius

Do you have a not-so-rosy financial history and are worried that you’re going to pass on your bad money habits to your kids? My guest today says you needn’t worry. With a bit of thought and some self-education, you can clean up your own money problems while simultaneously teaching your children how to avoid the same […]

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April 21, 2017, 1:55 a.m.

How to Build the Ability to Do a Full Handstand

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength by Steven Low. Several books could be written on handstands alone. The information presented here is condensed and will focus only on the most important points of each technique. Many of the finer details are so physical, so individual, […]

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April 20, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

A Place for Pleats

The other day I was getting my suit altered by my 96-year-old tailor, Sherman Ray, and as he is wont to do, he was regaling me with stories of how he escaped the Holocaust and won first place in weightlifting at the Senior Olympics (he’s a really interesting and inspiring character — look for a video […]

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April 19, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

Pre-Order Our New Book! The Illustrated Art of Manliness

Way back in 2009, an illustrator named Ted Slampyak emailed me wondering if we’d be interested in interviewing him for our “So You Want My Job” series. We took a look at his impressive portfolio and thought he would be a great fit for an installment. A year later in 2010, I got the idea of […]

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April 19, 2017, 2:07 a.m.

Podcast #296: How to Find Your Life’s Purpose

There’s been a lot of ink spilt in the past decade about young adults’ “failure to launch,” wherein 20-somethings who should be progressing into independent adulthood, end up spending that decade of their life in an extended adolescence. Several reasons have been given for this phenomenon, from the economy to helicopter parenting. After conducting a […]

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April 18, 2017, 7:04 p.m.

The Ultimate Collection of Manly Last Words

People have always been intrigued by the last words of others. What did a man use his final breaths to utter? Were they scared as they glimpsed the great beyond, or did they brace up and stoically accept — heck, even welcome — what was coming? Over the years we’ve compiled a couple collections of last words. We’ve not […]

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April 17, 2017, 2:48 p.m.

Why You Should Go to Church (Even If You’re Not Sure of Your Beliefs)

When it comes to religious institutions, Americans exhibit some contradiction between their beliefs and their actions. On the one hand, the vast majority feel that churches and other houses of worship are powerful forces for societal good: according to the Pew Research Center, almost nine in ten Americans say that religious institutions “bring people together […]

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April 14, 2017, 2:39 p.m.

Podcast #295: Kettlebells and the Psychology of Training

We’re big fans of the kettlebell here at the Art of Manliness. It’s a great piece of gym equipment that builds both strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Today on the show, I talk to StrongFirst kettlebell coach Craig Marker about the wonders of these little cannonballs with handles. Mark digs deep into the research done by the […]

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April 14, 2017, 1:50 a.m.

How to Throw a Boomerang

Usually the process goes something like this: Buy a boomerang at a toy store because it sounds fun. Go to an open field to throw the thing. Toss it a half dozen times only to have it clatter to the ground 20 feet away from where you’re standing. Return home and place the boomerang in the […]

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April 13, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Homebrewing 101: How to Make Great Beer at Home From a Kit

Few images of summer being ushered in are as iconic as dear old dad or grandpa sitting on the porch with a cold beer in his hand. It’s likely that beer came from one of the Big 3 in the industry: Budweiser, Coors, or Miller. There’s little chance your pops was making his own beer […]

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April 12, 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Podcast #294: Learning the Art of Charm

While men sometimes see developing their social skills as something superficial or unimportant, these skills are essential for success in business and life. Knowing how to interact and get along with others is how we can make friends, find love, and advance our career. My guest on the podcast today has spent the past ten years […]

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April 11, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Is the World a More Dangerous Place for Kids Than It Used to Be?

Today’s parents are empirically less likely to allow kids to explore their neighborhood alone, walk to school, play by themselves, and handle potentially dangerous tools or weapons, and more likely to closely supervise all of their children’s activities, than parents even one generation ago. Last week we explored why this might be, and offered some […]

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April 10, 2017, 4:51 p.m.

Isometrics at the Office

Editor’s note: The following excerpt comes from FM 21-20: Physical Readiness Training, an Army field manual published in 1969. It makes a note to soldiers in more administrative positions that they will need to do make-up workouts when their more active brethren are out on maneuverers: “If your assignment is such that you are ‘chairborne’ during the […]

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April 7, 2017, 3:53 p.m.

Podcast #293: Stretch – Using Less to Achieve More

Have you ever told yourself, “If only I had more time, more money, or more connections, then I could put into action the big plans I have for my life?” Well, my guest on the podcast is here to tell you that those extra resources might actually hurt you more in the long run than […]

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April 6, 2017, 5:20 p.m.

Gearhead 101: Understanding Manual Transmission

Welcome back to Gearhead 101 — a series on the basics of how cars work for the automotive neophytes out there. Because you read the Art of Manliness, you know how to drive a stick shift. But do you know what’s going on beneath the hood whenever you shift gears? No? Well, today’s your lucky […]

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April 5, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Podcast #292: The Road to Character

We often lament the loss of good character in our society. There’s a sense that our leaders and even members of our community can’t be trusted to do the right thing and are only out for themselves, the collective good be damned. Why does this sense of moral anomie exist? And what can we do […]

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April 4, 2017, 8:32 p.m.

The Origins of Overprotective Parenting

Back when I was six years old, the neighborhood I lived in provided the perfect backdrop for an active and idyllic childhood. Half a dozen other boys about my age lived on the same street I did and we quickly banded together to form a little neighborhood gang. We spent the daylight hours building ramps […]

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April 3, 2017, 6:07 p.m.

Manvotional: The Secret of Theodore Roosevelt’s Greatness

“The Powers of a Strenuous President” From The American Magazine, 1908 By “K” I have known Mr. Roosevelt personally for ten years—not intimately—but something more than casually … I have heard the President explained biographically, historically and politically … And I have not been satisfied. A Golden Key to Unlock Roosevelt I have not been satisfied even with […]

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April 2, 2017, 2:16 a.m.