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By John Wesley

The Anatomy of Etiquette: How to Be an Old School Gentleman From Head to Toe

Editor’s note: There are a lot of ways to categorize the rules of etiquette: business, dinner, conversational, and so on. One of my favorite old etiquette books included another, most clever method: by your anatomy. In Esquire Etiquette, which was published in 1954 in Great Britain, there’s a section that breaks down a man’s essential manners by body part.

The AoM 500,000 Facebook Fans Saddleback Leather Giveaway

A few days ago, we reached 500,000 Facebook fans on the Art of Manliness Facebook page. To say thank you to all our loyal fans for helping us reach this milestone, we’ve teamed up with the good folks at Saddleback Leather Company for a giveaway of epic proportions. If you aren’t familiar with Saddleback products, visit their site and take a look around.

MALM dresser goes romantic

An ordinary oak MALM dresser. I wanted it white, so I had to paint it and I disassembled the drawers before painting. Light sanding, one coat primer and three coats of paint to get the oak color covered. Drilled holes for attaching of new knobs in each drawer, and covered the fronts with wallpaper. It turned out very nice, I think  

BEDDINGE LÖVÅS & SVÄRTA seen at ART Basel 2014

Anyone know what this art installation is all about? ~ Jules

13 Tips for Getting More Reading Done.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 13 tips for reading more. Of my hundreds of happiness-project resolutions, and of the habits I’ve tried to form, one of my very favorites is to Read more. Reading is an essential part of my work. It forms an important part to my social life. And far more important, reading is my favorite thing to do, by a long shot.

Holding Pattern: Airport Runway Art

It’s no secret that I love airports and airplanes. I get to the airport several hours before any given flight… and I fly a lot. That’s why it was easy for me to also love this project that compiles photos of active runways from Google Earth. Copenhagen Atlanta Barcelona Boston JFK Madrid Link + Images: Holding Pattern ###

The Guide To Buying A New Home

It’s the American Dream, right? To own your own home, to put down roots and be responsible for your own little corner of the world. This is the case for most people, but if the 2008 financial crisis has taught us anything about home ownership, it’s that owning a home is not for everyone.

Unitasker Wednesday: Nutmeg Grinder

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy! I appreciate a little freshly ground nutmeg on things like chai lattes and roasted carrots. To use it, I grab my multi-tasking cheese grater that has a zesting plane on one of its sides, and I grind a bit of a nutmeg seed onto whatever it is I’m preparing.

Ramvik coffee table into watercooled computer

This is my Ramvik coffee table that I turned into a computer. It cost £30 second hand so was cheaper than the wood to build it and saved me a bit of work.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2013 Ten things you can do when you don’t feel motivated to get stuff done It happens to the best of us. At some point or another, your motivation will seem to dissolve in thin air.

“Lock In” and Escaping the Trap

Over the course of my career, my single biggest fear – and obstacle – has been “lock in.” What’s “lock in”? It’s probably easiest to explain it with a story. Early on in my career, I found myself working at a pretty nice job. I enjoyed the work and enjoyed going into the office almost every day.

6 Popular Summer Resolutions You Should Never Do

Whoops! It’s suddenly summer in earnest. Last we looked, summer was just toeing the water, fishing a long-lost floatie from the shallow end. Then bam! Next thing you know, there’s the fireworked fourth of July, cannonballing smack into the sunscreen slick of the deep end. No matter.

Kallax cat scratching furniture

Materials: 1. Kallax 77x77cm 30 3/8×30 3/8″ black-brown. 2. Kallax Insert with door black-brown. 3.

What to do during the “What’s Next?” stage of finance

This article is by staff writer Kristin Wong. When I first started writing for Get Rich Slowly, I’d just become interested in my finances. While I’ve always been frugal, I started to realize there was much more to personal finance than finding ways to save money. Here’s where I was, financially, at that time: I was rebuilding my recently depleted emergency fund.

15 Happiness Quotes to Inspire You to Live Your Best Life

Life is what you make of it - so why not make yours happy? In the face of challenge, defeat, disappointment, discouragement, tragedy, and failure, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on the positive.