Podcast by The Art of Manliness
Cormac McCarthy, The Road, and Carrying the Fire
Once a year, I read The Road by Cormac McCarthy. It's a cathartic annual ritual for me. What is it about this novel that has such an impact on my soul and those of other readers? Who is the man who wrote it, and what was he trying to do with this story of a father and son struggling to survive in a post-apocalyptic landscape?
To Drink or Not to Drink
As the title of his book — Drink? — suggests, world-renowned professor of neuropsychopharmacology David Nutt thinks the cost/benefit analysis around consuming alcohol is an open question. He's not anti-alcohol — he regularly drinks himself — but he also thinks most people (more than 2/3 of folks around the world have had a drink in the past year) need to understand a lot more about drinking than they typically do in order to make an informed choice as to whether, and how much, to partake.
The Quest for a Moral Life
Do you ever feel like you’re spinning your existential wheels in life? That outwardly, you seem to be doing ok, but inwardly, you feel kind of empty?
My guest today would say that you’ve got to move on from trekking up life’s first mountain, to begin a journey up its second. His name is David Brooks and he’s the author of The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life.
The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather
When it comes to lists of men’s favorite movies, The Godfather is a perennial inclusion. And as hard as this may be to believe, the critically acclaimed and popularly beloved film is coming up on the 50th anniversary of its release.
Journalist Mark Seal wrote an in-depth piece on the making of The Godfather for Vanity Fair magazine back in 2009, and after doing even more interviews with director Francis Ford Coppola, the actors of the film, and other behind-the-scenes players, wrote a new book on the subject called Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli: The Epic Story of the Making of The Godfather.
How to Achieve Cognitive Dominance
When it comes to high-stakes endeavors, few are as fraught as brain surgery. One false move and you can forever alter someone's life.
That's why my guest has spent his life studying how to master fear and enhance performance, and gained insights that can help anyone do likewise in every area of their life. His name is Dr. Mark McLaughlin, and he's a wrestling coach, a lecturer at West Point, and a practicing neurosurgeon, as well as the author of Cognitive Dominance: A Brain Surgeon's Quest to Out-Think Fear.
How the Desire for Status Explains (Pretty Much) Everything
Being famous. Knowing someone famous. Getting a laugh after telling a joke. Getting a good grade. Getting likes on a social media post. Winning a video game. Cooking a tasty meal. Being good looking. Having inside knowledge. Sharing a good recommendation.
We often think of status exclusively in terms of wealth, but it's actually at play everywhere, in every situation where we get the feeling of being of value, where we feel ever so slightly elevated in our relative social position. The universal human desire for status greatly influences our culture, as well as our own behavior and the ups and downs of our mood. We would all do well then to understand status better, and my guest today can help you do that.
Not only has this been my favorite podcast for years, but the AoM newsletter is an invaluable resource, as well. The podcast covers a wide range of topics, and Brett is a knowledgeable and engaged interviewer. I have purchased several books based on AoM episodes, and find the newsletter to be thought provoking and informative. I always look forward to future content.
Thanks For Helping Men Be Men
I am a self-employed, almost-fifty married man who has raised two daughters, failed and succeeded in business, am a new grandpa, and so much more. I'm sick and tired of how the concept of manliness is ridiculed and portrayed in such a poor light in our American society. I firmly believe that lack of true manliness is the at the core of what is causing our society to rot and die on the vine. Deadbeat dads, vapid and brainless, self-absorbed beasts who strut their stuff, and the incessant demeaning portrayals of men on television, film, etc., has become the standard that people seem to live up to in their real lives. Brett has done an excellent job of reviving the classic concepts of what true manliness is, and making them known to the world. For the most part, the content produced here is well worth a listen and is actionable in almost every way. It's long past time for men to be what they were created to be, and to accept their responsibilities and take care of themselves and their business and quit acting like fools. The Art of Manliness is a great instrument to help to this end. Listen, apply it and make the world a much better place than you found it.
On Point, well edited
The host asks great questions of his guests and stays on point. Tight and well edited.