I know it’s cliche, but my all-time favorite novel is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. To me it offers prescient warnings on the perils of a consumer society and perfectly captures the American drive to strive for the unattainable, even if it results in tragedy. NPR’s literary critic, Maureen Corrigan, is also a huge Gatsby fan. A far bigger one than I am, in fact! She’s read the book 67 times and has even sat through a seven-hour reading/performance of its tex
Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream.
A lot of computer and software-related gigs get lumped into the same bundle of careers, with no real differentiation. The reality, though, is that there are a number of vocations that include programming, development, computer security, etc. Last year, we covered the in
A couple centuries ago, pickpocketing was the scourge of cities around the world. From Dickens’ London to New York City’s famous Five Points, skilled thieves practiced their craft, filching the valuables of passersby without the victim noticing a thing. In fact, that’s how pockets in clothing got their start: Prior to the 17th century, men and women alike carried their valuables in purses outside the body; they then started tying pouches inside their clothes in an attempt to thwart would-be “
If you’re trying to make a good first impression with your place, know that nothing says sterile and boring like blank walls. A few pieces of manly art or virile photos hung and displayed tastefully will liven things up and give you a chance to show some of that stellar personality of yours. And even if you don’t much care for wall art yourself, your significant other likely does; being asked to hang something up may be perhaps the world’s most common “honey-do.” Can
Humans are social beings. For most of history, we lived together in small tribes made up of extended families. Within the tribe, a boy had parents, relatives, and elders of all kinds who shepherded him into adulthood. Through rites of passage, he learned what his community expected from him as a man, and he gradually began to take on those responsibilities and their attendant privileges.
Today we live a far more atomized and isolated lifestyle. Extended family no longer lives near ea
“The Supreme Charity of the World” From The Kingship of Self-Control, 1901 By William George Jordan
True charity is not typified by an almsbox. The benevolence of a check book does not meet all the wants of humanity. Giving food, clothing and money to the poor is only the beginning, the kindergarten class, of real charity. Charity has higher, purer forms of manifestation. Charity is but an instinctive reaching out for justice in life. Charity seeks to smooth down the
Sunglasses. They’re a small accessory that evoke a bunch of questions as to how and when you should wear them, and how you should stash ’em. To answer these burning questions of sunglass style and etiquette, we created this boss illustrated matrix. Enjoy.
Illustrated by Ted Slampyak
Last week’s winner was Brian D. from St. Petersburg, FL. He chose the classic shades from Randolph Engineering. My Picks This Week
Poler makes fantastic, unpretentious outdoor gear. From napsacks (sleeping bags you can wear), to tents, and stylish rucksacks and duffels, they’ll outfit you with everything you need for summer and fall camping. If you’re looking to bring back the classic hat, look no further than the offerings from Whisler. Made to order in the USA, these hats will keep
Editor’s note: This article first appeared at marcusbrotherton.com.
It’s fair to say that many people go through at least one season of financial difficulty sometime in their lives.
It’s often part of the ladder-climbing experience when just starting out. Or it occurs between jobs, or is due to an injury or downed economy.
The season, although difficult, can actually hold forth much benefit. Call these benefits surprising silver linings, lessons learned from hard times
A few months ago I was talking to AoM food man Matt Moore when he brought up his friend Rory Vaden. Rory founded a multi-national coaching and consulting company that helps organizations and individuals improve their sales performance. He’s published two New York Times best selling books on self-discipline and time management, and he’s a sought after speaker. And get this — he’s only 32 years old.
When Matt told me how Rory’s speaking and writing has improved his own personal game, I