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The Rocky Films, Ranked

Every night, our family reads a book aloud for ten minutes together, and then watches a movie for ten minutes together. It’s a way to cap off the night with some familial hangout and help the kids wind down before bed. After making our way, one ten-minute installment at a time, through all the movies every Millennial dad should show his kids and then...

Podcast #869: The Survival Myths That Can Get You Killed

Surviving in the wild can seem like a romantic proposition, at least as it often plays out in popular culture and our imagination. We picture ourselves confidently navigating the obstacles of nature, pulling trout out of mountain streams, and building a snug shelter inside a tree. But the reality of wilderness survival isn’t so rosy. Few people know...

Sunday Firesides: Make Your Routine a Labyrinth

While “labyrinth” is sometimes used to describe a deliberately confusing maze with branching passages and dead ends, a classical labyrinth has a single clear path to the center and back out again. This “unicursal” pattern has existed since ancient times and shows up in cultures around the world. It’s been etched onto pottery, carved into the walls...

Odds & Ends: February 3, 2023

No One Knows Who Their Local Influencers Are. Since I’ve been re-reading Jayber Crow these past few weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of local communities. I happened to come across this new study showing that most people these days can’t name a person in their local community who is “influential,” like local politicians, business...

Use the 90/10 Rule to Decide Where to Live

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, there are a lot of factors to consider in deciding where to live.  To figure out which factors to prioritize, it can be helpful to use what we call the “90/10 Rule.”  Under the 90/10 Rule, you base where you should live on the factors that will affect 90% of your life. (The “90” and “10” numbers...

Podcast #868: Escape the Happiness Trap

Happiness is the subject of thousands of articles, podcasts, and scientific studies. Yet all this focus on happiness doesn’t seem to be making people any happier. In fact, the more they try to be happy, especially by fighting to get rid of bad feelings and cling to good ones, the more unhappy people often become. My guest would say that the first step...

Squeeze More Into Your Workouts With Supersets

You’re a busy man. You’ve got work and community obligations. You want to spend quality time with your family and friends. Maybe you’ve made it a goal to read more books this year. How can you fit in a workout with so much on your plate? Supersets. The answer is supersets.  What Is a Superset? A superset is a specific type of workout set wherein...

Podcast #867: Dante’s Guide to Navigating a Spiritual Journey

Dante’s Divine Comedy is considered one of the greatest works of literature ever written. The poem not only imagines the three parts of the afterlife, but serves as an allegory for the spiritual journey of the human soul. Here to take us on a tour of the journey Dante describes is Robert Barron, a bishop in the Catholic Church. Today on the show, Bishop...

Skill of the Week: Tie the Half-Windsor Necktie Knot

An important part of manhood has always been about having the competence to be effective in the world — having the breadth of skills, the savoir-faire, to handle any situation you find yourself in. With that in mind, each Sunday we’ll be republishing one of the illustrated guides from our archives, so you can hone your manly know-how week by week. The...

Sunday Firesides: Attention Adults — You Should Know What You’re Doing

In discussions about getting older, people will sometimes say, “When you’re young, you think adults have it together. But when you become an adult yourself, you realize grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing either!” This is shared as some kind of conspiratorial secret — a ubiquitous-yet-under-discussed truth. Yet this “truth” is hardly universal....

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