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Happy Birthday David Lean

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Lessons in Manhood from an Epic Trilogy

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

The best movie trilogy of all time isn’t really a trilogy. Its three constituent films don’t share the same characters, setting, or plotline, but they do feature flawed manhood set against an epic backdrop. I’m speaking of 1957’s The Bridge on the River Kwai, 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia, and 1965’s Doctor Zhivagoall directed by David Lean, born 106 years this week. With his vision and majesty, Lean has a lot to say to our current crop of men—whose idea of vision and majesty sadly seems to be confined to the size of the screens of their smart phones.

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Clothes Do Not Make the Man

Clothes Don’t Make the Man

An Unpopular Opinion

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

Men’s fashion should be an oxymoron. But with spring newly sprung, there are tons of men’s magazines and websites out there with their spring fashion features—peopled with movie stars in tight-fitting suits and pouty-lipped male models in Capri pants—and it’s all pretty repugnant. For fastidious attention to one’s dress is a thoroughly unmanly trait—and the well-dressed, dapper man is almost invariably a douchebag.

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Wiskey Tasting and What Anniversaries Mean

Men + Lifestyle

Playing the Hand Dealt to You

Found by the Dignified Devil
 

The gentleman gambler embodies the essence of a Dignified Devil. His refinement is a well-crafted expression of artistry, but it only tells the story he wants you to read. Learn the secrets of his craft courtesy of the fine men at The Gentleman’s Deck™. This week we shuffled the deck and came up with the following…

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Ness Micheli

A Pictorial with a Dignified Woman

Interviewed by The DD Photography by Jonathan DeHate
 

It’s no secret that here on the top floor of the Dignified Devil compound we love women. Enter Ms. Ness Micheli, a Polaroid camera and some lingerie. We sat down with Ness and talked all things sex, relationships, pleasing men and sexual super powers. Oh, and the polaroids turned out pretty good, too. Enjoy, gentlemen…

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A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

Introducing the Best History Book Ever

Written (Gasp!) by a Woman

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

You shouldn’t need an excuse to read a good history book. Essential sustenance for the mind, is what it is. But if you’re one of those wretches who does indeed need an excuse, here’s one: March is Women’s History Month. And the best way to celebrate it is to read A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, written by Barbara W. Tuchman—because, well, it’s a history book and it was written by a woman. What’s more, it’s the most enthralling, the most insightful, the most purely pleasurable history book I’ve ever read. And I’ve read quite a few.

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Jim Morrison

The Indiscreet Charm of Jim Morrison

Charged with Indecent Exposure 45 Years Ago

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

Let us speak of false dichotomies. When it comes to Sixties bands, it’s usually “Are you a Beatles man or a Stones man?” Well, my reply is, “I’m neither, my good sir—I’m a Doors man.” Strange for me to admit it, since I’m a sworn foe to pretentiousness and phony mysticism in all their variegated forms: but there’s a charm—an indiscreet charm, if you will—to the band and particularly to its front man, one Jim Morrison (charged with exposing himself onstage in Miami 45 years ago this week), damned difficult to resist.

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Men in film 2013

The Man Stays in the Picture

Male Archetypes in an Atypical Year at the Movies

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

It cannot with any justice be said that they don’t make good movies anymore. Despite the twin threats of the Internet (with its many-tentacled intrusions on our attention spans and free time) and television (with its increasingly sophisticated offerings of well-written shows), this past year was a banner one in the history of cinema—particularly for men. Never have I seen such an embarrassment of riches for the male moviegoer as I saw in 2013. It could justly be called the Year of the Hombre. 

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Illusione R Rothchild

Illusione •r• Rothchildes

A Cigar Every Man Should Smoke

Smoked and Reviewed by Tom Clune
 

As any Dignified Devil knows, a budget isn’t a bad thing. But a budget cigar most likely is…until now. Let me introduce you to a budget friendly cigar you need to meet, the Illusione *r* Rothchildes.

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Ashley Arguello

A Pictorial with a Dignified Woman

Interviewed by The DD Photography by Ashley Arguello
 

Somewhere, right now at this very minute, Ashley Arguello is walking around the wilds of Hawaii just being herself, an honest, fun loving, dignified woman. The DD recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Ashley and talking all things sex, men, relationships and the art of filming yourself during the act. Enjoy, gentlemen.

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Punctuality and Cooking

Men + Lifestyle

Playing the Hand Dealt to You

Found by The Dignified Devil
 

The gentleman gambler embodies the essence of a Dignified Devil. His refinement is a well-crafted expression of artistry, but it only tells the story he wants you to read. Learn the secrets of his craft courtesy of the fine men at The Gentleman’s Deck™. This week we shuffled the deck and came up with the following…

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Malcolm X

A White Guy’s Guide to Malcolm X

Murdered 49 Years Ago this Week

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

First read The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley in high school. As my parents sat upstairs watching Murder, She Wrote and flipping through L.L. Bean catalogs, there I was, a white, middle-class, small-town kid who had most likely never even spoken to a black person before, reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X. It’s a uniquely American story (the book, I mean), and required reading for anybody who has any interest in U.S. history—and that should be everyone minus the comatose.

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Romantic

Why I’m Not a Romantic

An Unpopular Opinion

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again: ugh. The chocolates and the candlelit dinners, the hearts and infant archers, the stuffed animals and quirky romantic gestures, the flowers—the flowers! Never understood the allure of them. Encountered in the wild or even in a park, they are indeed beautiful; but bunched up in a vase and set on a windowsill they only serve as grim reminders of the ephemerality of life—and love. Guess you couldn’t call me a romantic—which is fine by me.

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12 years a slave

The Case for 12 Years a Slave

Black History Month and the Oscar Race

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

Fully conceding the fact that the Oscars are utter bullshit, I’d still like to say that 12 Years a Slave deserves the Oscar for Best Picture. It’s a movie rich in detail, lyrical, well-acted. It does what movies do best: transports you to another time, another place. It tells of the true plight of one Solomon Northup, a free, black New Yorker who gets kidnapped and sold into slavery down south. February is Black History Month, so now’s a fitting time to see the film if you haven’t already or read the book it’s based on—or, ideally, both.

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The Monkey King

All Hail the Monkey King

Celebrate Chinese New Year with a Great Primate

Written by Jon Eckblad
 

My favorite character in all of literature has got to be the Monkey King. Was first introduced to him during a sojourn in China, and have since read the account of his adventures, Journey to the West, a couple times. He’s reckless, ingenious, loyal, gifted, guileful. He’s committed indiscretions in the past, but intent on making up for them. He’s a man—or monkey, rather—of action, yet attuned to the emptiness of existence. In short, he’s the ideal role model for males of all species. All hail the Monkey King.

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