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Resources

Books

These are books that I have in my own library.

Essential Manners for Men, by Peter Post. Written in a very readable style by the great-grandson of Emily Post, it is divided into three parts: Daily Life, Social Life, and On The Job.

The Southerner’s Handbook – A Guide to Living the Good Life, by the editors of Garden & Gun. The book is divided into six parts: Food, Style, Drink, Sporting & Adventure, Home & Garden, and Arts & Culture.

The Butler’s Guide to Running The Home and Other Graces, by Stanley Ager and Fiona St. Aubyn. In addition to being a fascinating look into the type of lifestyle that is long gone, this book is filled with tips on how to keep your own home running smoothly while including those little luxuries that make life more enjoyable.

Win The Crowd, by Steve Cohen. This has the kind of advice that I wish I had been given when I first went out on my own. An excellent choice as a graduation gift for a young man.

The Compleat Gentleman, by Brad Miner – The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry.

A Gentleman Gets Dressed Up, by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis – What to Wear, When to Wear it, How to Wear it

How To Be A Gentleman, by John Bridges – A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy

As a Gentleman Would Say, by John Bridges and Bryan Curtis – Responses to Life’s Important (and sometimes awkward) Situations

 

Blogs and Web Sites

The Art of Manliness should be a part of every gentleman’s regular reading.

Real Men Real Style – Understanding clothing is both an art and a science. It doesn’t come naturally to most folks, myself included. It takes some effort and some study, and the best way is to find someone who has already learned and is willing to teach. That is what Antonio Centeno does. Be sure to subscribe to his email list.

The Southern Agrarian is a blog that I publish that focuses on the country life style, growing and raising your own food, and being prepared for whatever storms may lie ahead.

The Southern Agrarian Society exists to promote and be an advocate for the culture of the Old South. It focuses on the Southern Agrarians – a literary, social, and semi-political movement that reached its peak in 1930 with the publication of I’ll Take My Stand, written by “Twelve Southerners,” two of whom were my cousins.

Good Guy Swag is a blog written by Kris Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe is a young man with wisdom well beyond his years, and I look forward to following his work. His blog is inspiring and right on target. Every aspiring gentleman – Southern or not – will benefit from reading the Good Guy Swag blog.

 

Videos

These two web pages are a collection of YouTube videos that celebrate our Occidental culture. Occidental refers to Western, as in the Western European culture from which Southern culture sprang. The videos that I selected are, obviously, very much a matter of personal choice.

Occidental Culture – page one

Occidental Culture – page two

 

Other Articles of Interest

Yes, ma’am, I’m proud of my polite, respectful Southern manners

Elegant English

Dining Etiquette and Table Manners