Those with enough bravery, commitment, and heart seem most able to cope with a world that doesn’t make sense.
Jay Leno’s 280 cars, Rick Dale’s ’51 F100, Tucker’s miracle car, and Paul Newman’s favorite car (anything FAST). We love these things. Here’s why.
Like these men, the force of traditions is strong with us. Their power as anchors depends on how deep they go and how much they reflect our deepest values.
The NYC Resurgence was about breaking constraints and rules. It did that with spectacular verve until breaking things became the rule, and it let go until the next evolution of rock.
Toughest thing you know, and reads you like a book. Counting on you but won’t judge you. Take a bullet for you if he could. It’s your dog.
They always knew there might be no way to win, but there’s a way to lose more slowly. You might be buried, but you’re not done ’til you’re dead.
The Irish Pub, The English Pub, and The Working Man’s Bar
The pub was a place men went after work, to see other men. It wasn’t a pickup joint, nightclub, or even a sports bar initially. So WTF happened to it?
Betting on Long-Term Friendships With Other Men—It’s a Worldview
If I could place a bet on who is going to last as a friend, I’d put all my chips on worldview. It’s a specific worldview. Now I look for it deliberately.
What Our Mothers Taught Us—Love, Insanity, and Drive
Who put the Jordan in Air Jordan? Who were the 2 mothers of the man in black? Answers here, and a bit about men and mothers—why they’re diamonds.
The Death of Advice—We’ve Reached Saturation, Chief!
Aren’t you tired of it? 20 things you’re doing wrong. 4 things you need to know THIS MONTH! 5 tips to BECOME a man. To hell with it.
The Scar Academy: Best Scar Stories & Why We Love ’em
“My scar is better than your scar, you wuss!” The scar story is essential. “You can’t see my scars, but they’re there.” We’ve all got them.
They Survived the Wild and Fire Ants—Two Men With No Option to Ask Directions
We can’t always ask for directions. Sometimes we’re in the wild, on our own, and only our minds will lead us out.
Why We Roll Our Eyes at Rom-Coms
There ARE romantic comedies that get male attention. They’re just not the ones selling the most popcorn.
Deep down, we have a sense of manhood.
We weren’t surprised when other men thought highly of honesty, duty, self-reliance, exchanging value for value, and commitment to one’s word. This was once so common that we expected it in other men and were surprised and bewildered if there was NO shared sense of manhood.
There’s no easy definition of manhood.
The problem with pushing toward a definition is, once you have it, someone invariably forms a ‘cult’ around it, and proceeds to undermine everything it ever meant. Manhood is a thing to enjoy, laugh about, and admire, not a box.
If we can’t talk about it, we’ve given up.
There’s an enormous center of decency, strength, and goodness among men. There’s nobility in genuine manhood, and we think it’s NOT necessary or productive to sit out the cultural mess and not lift a finger.
We pay our way, all day long.
Paying our way, trading value for value (which is the heart and root of honest work), and dealing honestly with one another—these are manly virtues. They’re human virtues. And men value them.