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Podcast #760: Cormac McCarthy, The Road, and Carrying the Fire

Once a year, I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It’s a cathartic annual ritual for me. What is it about this novel that has such an impact on my soul and those of other readers? Who is the man who wrote it, and what was he trying to do with this story of a father and son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic landscape? For answers to these questions,...

Huckberry’s Top 15 Men’s Gift Ideas for 2021 (+Giveaway!)

Have you been stumped as to what to gift to some of the men in your life? Or have you been stumped about what to tell a loved one who wants to know what you want for Christmas? Huckberry has got you covered with their top 15 gift ideas for this year. Well-made and handsome, they range from the practical to the fun, and if you need even more ideas, check...

How to Install a Rain Barrel in Under an Hour, for Less Than $200

The following is an adapted excerpt from The Disaster-Ready Home: A Step-by-Step Emergency Preparedness Manual for Sheltering in Place by Creek Stewart.  Let’s face it, disasters happen. If you’re not actively thinking about (and working toward) long-term food and water preparedness, you should be.  There are countless disasters, both natural and man-made,...

Podcast #759: To Drink or Not to Drink

As the title of his book — Drink? — suggests, world-renowned professor of neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt thinks the cost/benefit analysis around consuming alcohol is an open question. He’s not anti-alcohol — he regularly drinks himself — but he also thinks most people (more than 2/3 of folks around the world have had a drink in the past year) need...

How to Help a Woman With Her Coat

You’ve seen it in silver-screen classics. A dapper gentleman suavely and effortlessly helps his date put on her coat before they head out on the town. While your date is certainly capable of putting her own coat on, this is a simple way to show some consideration — a little stylistic grace note in the duet of the sexes. But like opening a door for a...

Shop the AoM Store for the Holidays!

The Art of Manliness Shop is stocked with items that are true, one-of-a-kind exclusives you can’t find anywhere else. The selection of things available in our shop consists of reminders and tools for becoming a better man — gifts that are both enjoyable and useful, and will last for years to come. Purchases from the shop also help support the content...

How to Play a Game of Pitch-And-Toss (And Never Breathe a Word About Your Loss)

If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If, like us, you’re a fan of Rudyard Kipling’s manliest of poems — “If—” — you’ve probably read those lines many times before. But did you ever stop to wonder . . . “Hey,...

Podcast #758: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather

When it comes to lists of men’s favorite movies, The Godfather is a perennial inclusion. And as hard as this may be to believe, the critically acclaimed and popularly beloved film is coming up on the 50th anniversary of its release. Journalist Mark Seal wrote an in-depth piece on the making of The Godfather for Vanity Fair magazine back in 2009, and...

Sunday Firesides: Graduate From the Kindergarten Class of Gratitude

Is there anything more innocuous than gratitude? It’s one of the few values endorsed by solemn religious leaders and vapid lifestyle gurus alike. Unlike other virtues, which require going against instinct (e.g., you feel afraid, but decide to act with courage anyway), with gratitude, you simply lean into it; something good happens, you feel good, and...

How to Shadow Box Like a Champ

Shadow boxing is a fundamental boxing skill. It provides an opportunity for boxers to fine-tune their technique and mentally prepare for a workout or fight. For non-boxers, shadow boxing can be an excellent warm-up for a workout or even a workout in and of itself — you’ll be amazed at how quickly it revs up your heart rate. This low-impact cardio can...

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