RIP “Manly” Journalists—and Good Riddance

  Fellow columnist Mark Judge published an article on Acculturated on Monday with the sensational title—“Where Have All the Manly Journalists Gone?” In describing his father, a 30-year veteran writer and editor of National Geographic, along with a number of high-profile men in the field, Judge advances his personal and highly biased understanding of journalistic … Continued


Is America Still a Fun Country?

There is a great virtue to American Fun: Four Centuries of Joyous Revolt, the new book by John Beckman. That virtue is that American Fun strives to be about more than nostalgia.  This isn’t a book by a man rhapsodizing about the kicks of his youth, but rather a well-researched argument that America is objectively … Continued


Vanity Fair 100: Modernism, Art, and Beauty

Wow. Now this is how it’s done. I just got a copy of the new coffee table book Vanity Fair 100, and it is a stunner. The book is a retrospective on Vanity Fair magazine, which was founded in 1913 and for its first twenty-two years was edited by Francis Welch “Crownie” Crowninshield. Crowninshield was … Continued


The Pantheon: My Father in Life and Death

The primary male role model to a boy is his father. Mine was truly one in a million, which is why he’s the first in my series on the Pantheon – the list of great mean who have helped and inspired me in life. My father taught me two things that are essential for any … Continued

The Pantheon

Tupac Shakur & Helping Men Become Men

I recently came across an old song by Tupac Shakur, “Keep Ya Head Up.” It was another reminder of a phenomenon that has become part of our culture in the last forty years: the absence of men, which has forced women to try and teach men how to be men. Here are some lyrics from “Keep … Continued

Entertainment, Music

God, Onanism, and the Woman Who Said No

It’s not something fun to write about. The potential for embarrassment or personal–and even career–damage is real. And yet, here at Acculturated, we’re in the business of dealing with the popular culture, God, and the virtues, so when the topic comes up, we’d be cowards not to address it. I’m talking about sex, yes, but … Continued


God, Sex, and the Universal Longing

How appropriate. I was finishing a great new book, Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing, by Christopher West, and the song on my iPod was Miguel’s “Do You.” Lyrics: Do you like drugs? Have you ever felt alone? Do you still believe in love? Do you like drugs? Yeah, me too The … Continued

Books, Culture

Let’s Get Rid of Slobs: Ten Fashion Rules for Men

When it comes to wanting to be more fashionable, men have been left in a difficult position. On the one hand there are the sartorial crimes of the Adam Sandler-inspired man-child. These are the guys who dress like they’re twelve well into middle age–Kevin James with his tarp-sized sports jerseys, Sandler with his Bermuda shorts … Continued