This week I’m highlighting #272 of the Art of Manliness podcast, an interview with the author of A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War. This book examines C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien’s role in the Great War and delves into ways that civilization catastrophe shaped the minds and the writing of these two much-loved authors.
The Art of Manliness podcast is another heavy favorite of mine, largely because its author has such an excellent, well-seasoned conception of manhood. Brett McKay doesn’t write articles on being a pickup artist or an alpha-male athlete. His perception of masculinity is deeply inspired by the Greco-Roman concept of manly virtue; that is, character and masculinity were deeply mixed. Much of his writing concerns not only being good at being male — learning skills, taking on challenges — but being a good man, a good husband, a well-informed citizen who can learn, communicate, and work well with others. He also interviews authors frequently; professionals, scientists, physicians, soldiers, etc, In addition to sharing scientific studies, literary criticism, etc. McKay also has sections on grooming and style.
A few samples:
Honor, Courage, Thumos, and Plato’s Idea of Manliness
How to Deal with Aggressive People
The Classical Education You Never Had
Harnessing Behavioral Psychology for a Rich Life
The Manliness of Jack London
Level Up Your Life with Nerd Fitness
McKay has been the source of a few reads here, including The Thin Man last year.