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Unconscious Contempt

Today’s essay was inspired by the lead image you see here and the subsequent exchange I had on Twitter about it. What you see here is a rather nebbish looking husband, I presume post-surgery, recovering from his vasectomy in bed. He is surrounded by cutesy post-it note jokes his wife left him (kind of like […]

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How to Make Pemmican

It’s easy to take today’s trail snacks and dehydrated foods for granted. But Native Americans and early explorers like Lewis and Clark didn’t have the luxury of picking up a bag of dehydrated lasagna before they left camp. Instead, they relied on things like dried berries, nuts, smoked meats, and other prepared foods like pemmican […]

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A Man’s Guide to Etiquette

There are few words that generate less excitement in a male audience than “etiquette.” On the scale of things men like to talk about, it usually ranks somewhere between contemporary dance and nail polish. But it matters. It matters a lot, actually. Etiquette is as much a part of your appearance as the cut of […]

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Podcast #560: The Magic of Walking

Walking. It can seem, well, rather pedestrian.  But my guest today makes the case that walking can act as a gateway to explore memory, meaning, and what it means to be human. His name is Erling Kagge, he’s an adventurer and philosopher, and we had him on the show last year to discuss his book Silence (that’s episode 433). […]

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How to Treat a Black Eye

If you were a kid in the 1950s and you got socked during a playground fight, chances are the remedy for your ensuing black eye would involve a nice T-bone steak. Before ice packs were widely available, chilled meat was the go-to household remedy for treating a black eye because it offered a way to […]

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How to Make a Leather Belt

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Michael Magnus.  Whether being worn for function or fashion, a well-made leather belt can last a lifetime. Many “genuine leather” belts available to purchase at stores, though, are a layered, man-made material that’s more akin to a leather pressboard than true leather. These types of belts are […]

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Podcast #558: The Strenuous President

In the first year of his presidency, the press used Theodore Roosvelt’s name in connection with the word “strenuous” over 10,000 times. He was known as “the strenuous president,” and with good reason: from his youth, TR had lived and preached a life of vigorous engagement and plenty of physical activity.  Today on the show Ryan […]