James Bessler

110 Flips | 2 Magazines | 13 Likes | @JamesBessler | Keep up with James Bessler on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “James Bessler”

How to Be a Man | The Art of Manliness

<i>Note: What you will find below is not so much a long blog post, but a short ebook; approach it as such. At over 20k words, it will probably take an</i> …

How to Play Mumbley Peg | The Art of Manliness

Every man should carry a pocketknife. It’s handy for cutting open packages, severing twine, and, of course, eating an apple like a bad ass.<p>But it can …

You Don't Have to Be Your Dad | The Art of Manliness

Throughout this year we’ve been running a series on how to father with intentionality and create a positive family culture.<p>Whenever we’ve written on …

Straight Razor Restoration | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Matt Pisarcik and Sebastian Sandersius.</i><p>When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly …

How to Make Popular Cocktails | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Mike Hagan, a bartender and a recent feature in our So You Want My Job series.</i><p>There’s been a trend lately to …

How to Wax Your Own Clothing and Gear | The Art of Manliness

Before the development of synthetic fabrics with their built-in water-resistant properties, men had to waterproof their clothing and gear from …

3 Ways to Escape Zip Ties: An Illustrated Guide | The Art of Manliness

Zip ties are increasingly being used to restrain innocent folks in home invasion and kidnapping scenarios. With a quick Google search, you’ll see a …

Long-Term Water Storage: How to Store Water for the Long-Term | The Art of Manliness

A big storm and earthquake hits your town. It’s a certifiable quakenado.<p>Your house is spared structural damage, but the power and water are out. …

How To Use Introductions to Strengthen Weak Ties and Advance Your Career | The Art of Manliness

Have you ever been the beneficiary of an introduction that changed your life?<p>Maybe you got a new job because someone introduced you to the owner of a …

4 Manly Lessons from Minor League Baseball | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Vance Albitz, AAA Infielder, St. Louis Cardinals.</i><p>Take away the high salaries of the major league ballplayers …

Complete Guide to Scotch Whisky | The Art of Manliness

“The proper drinking of Scotch whisky is more than indulgence: it is a toast to civilization, a tribute to the continuity of culture, a manifesto of …

How to Get a Drink at a Busy Bar | The Art of Manliness

<b>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from AoM’s resident bartender, Mike Hagan. Mr. Hagan has previously written on classic cocktails and</b> …

Creating a Positive Family Culture: How to Get the Most Out of Family Dinners | The Art of Manliness

In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night …

How to Make Friends in a New City | The Art of Manliness

Every year, roughly 15% of the population of America relocates. If we expand that to a five-year period, that number balloons to 40%. Most moves are …

How to Wrap Your Extension Cord Like a Contractor and Eliminate Knots | The Art of Manliness

Do your extension cords look like this when you’re unraveling them, no matter how nicely they were wrapped up?<p>Today I’m going to show you a tip that …

Save Money and Shop Smart: Know the Style Pyramid | The Art of Manliness

Let’s just be honest: style, for men, is a hard thing to grasp. It’s especially hard when buying new clothes. We always forget our sizes, we don’t …

80 Frugal Tips to Save Money | The Art of Manliness

The manliness of frugality cannot be overstated. Frugality cultivates the manly qualities of independence, self-reliance, self-sufficiency, …

How to Drink Whiskey | The Art of Manliness

While whiskey was first billed as a medicinal substance — aquavitae or “water of vitality” — it soon gained popularity and became one of the most …

Vacation Planning Advice From 1918 | The Art of Manliness

<b>“Vacation Time”</b> <b><br>From The Book of Camping and Woodcraft, 1918</b> <b><br>By Horace Kephart</b><p>To many a city man there comes a time when the great town wearies him. He …

How to Feel Like a Man | The Art of Manliness

Since starting The Art of Manliness nearly five years ago, I’ve interacted with thousands of men from all over the world. One thing that I’ve learned …

Are You a Sheep or Sheepdog? Part I | The Art of Manliness

Last December, 58-year-old Ki Suk Han was pushed onto the subway tracks in New York City. Even though 60-90 seconds passed before an oncoming train …

100 Must Read Books: The Man's Essential Library | The Art of Manliness

<i>Written by: Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Joshua Ritchie, and Brett McKay</i><p>There are the books you read, and then there are the books that change your …

How a Man Drinks Responsibly: 3 Important Questions to Ask | The Art of Manliness

<b>The other evening I took my wife and kids out to eat</b> at a fun, all-ages restaurant located near a shopping mall in the suburbs.<p>We’ve been to this …

Benefits of Push Reel Mowers | The Art of Manliness

The push reel mower: Fun for the whole family!<p>I recently became a homeowner and along with my first house came another first: my very own little …

How to Make a Small Game Hunting Trap | The Art of Manliness

<i>Creek Stewart is a Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft and the author of the just released</i> …

18 Things Every Man Should Do This Summer | The Art of Manliness

Summertime is here and I couldn’t be happier. As author Benjamin Alire Sáenz put it, summertime is a “book of hope,” filled with the promise of …

How to Get a Job: Take the Initiative | The Art of Manliness

This month, nearly 2 million students left colleges and universities around the country with a bachelor’s degree in hand. Some will be headed to …

How to Do Epic Things: The 3 Obstacles to Overcome | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Khaled Allen.</i><p>Two hundred and fifty kilometers across the Sahara Desert sounded perfect. He had just started …

The Dead End Roads to Manhood | The Art of Manliness

What a journey we’ve been on.<p>For the last few months we have been delving deeply into the nature of manhood – its origins, historical imperatives, …