Because Knowledge is Power

 

  

It doesn’t matter whether you’re reading a first edition, a tablet in the dark, or the Dilbert cartoon strip across your girlfriend’s lower back, reading is important. Reading inspires, revitalises, intrigues, and intoxicates the imagination, building character and enriching the soul in the process – and who knows, you might learn a thing or two along the way. So here are a few classic titles every gent should be reading (or re-reading) this year.


 

The Catcher in the Rye (1951) by J. D. Salinger 

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Having sold over 65 million copies in over half a century, Catcher is a must-read for controversy lovers. Even if you read it at school or hid behind it through those tormenting teenage years, its themes of innocence and its protection against all odds are timeless, rich for the regaling. 

 

The Prince (16th century) by Niccolo Machiavelli

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A great tome for you Alpha males out there, The Prince argues the timeless debate of whether it is better to be feared or loved as a leader. Many of the concepts apply to our modern cutthroat lives today.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) by Harper Lee

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This simple Pulitzer Prize-winning tale filled with exquisitely relatable characters ponders the concepts of prejudice and racism in the US of the 1930s; lacking a conventional climax, Lee seduces the reader with the seemingly innocuous stories of three young children as they navigate the turbulent politics of the era. Follow up with Lee’s much-awaited ‘sequel,’ Go Set a Watchman, which the author calls the “parent of Mockingbird,” out later this year.

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway 

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In this iconic war novel, Hemmingway puts down his rum long enough to explore the value of human life, the ugliness of war, and the inevitability of death, set against the Spanish Civil War.

 

Animal Farm (1945) by George Orwell  

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As telling today as it was more than half a century ago, Orwell's dystopian novel deals with the corruption and naivety found in society, and is a damning critique of totalitarian communism.

 

 

 


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Keep Your Friends Closer

Proximity is one factor that controls the human race.


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Scotty, We Need More Power

No matter where you go or what you do when you get there, it seems we’re always in need of power, to keep smartphones working, laptops up and running or even cameras going when on holiday.


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Watch Your Self

The concept of Big Brother, an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-watching power, today personified by conspiracy theorists as any standing government, originated in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty Four.


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The warm weather of a Hong Kong summer is almost upon us and that means long, lazy afternoons at the beach, evenings dining alfresco, rooftop barbeques and of course, junkathons.


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Let There Be Light

Since cavemen roamed the savannah in search of prey, we have needed light.


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So we've all seen those death-defying videos filmed on pint-sized action cameras strapped to the heads of daredevils as they leap off bridges, ride mountain tracks at high speed or leap from perfectly good airplanes.


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Give Your Mate the Bullet

Knowing what to give a good male friend for his birthday can sometimes be tricky.


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Sharpen Up for Summer

While it’s well-known that not every guy on the street places hygiene and grooming as high on the priority list as say, a threesome with the runners up in a ladies' Brazilian beach volleyball tournament. But that doesn’t mean you can’t follow a few vital guidelines that will ease you into the middle-right of the metrosexuality scene.


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Finally Something Good from Space

Fairly often we hear about ‘breakthroughs’ in space, new comets or black holes discovered, the Big Bang better understood, the dimples and pimples on some far-off world spied on by scientists with billion-dollar telescopes like so many teenage peeping toms.


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Ok so you’re a little different: you like to wear ironic hats and do your shirt’s top button up; you love anything checkered or vintage or retro; you stumble into work with organic, single-origin coffee and end the week with small-batch cinnamon-scented moonshine.


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No More Ill Wind

It’s nearly summer and that means two things – plenty of heat and plenty of dust.


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Isn’t it funny how trends return to vogue and what we once swore we would never wear, we now contemplate and even capitulate to?


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The Know What She Wants

Sex toys can be tricky things to give to someone special.


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Innovating on German Engineering

Ever since German climber Otto Herzog started using carabiners on his mountain accents back in 1911, the world has been thinking up innovative uses for this simple locking device.


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Get Tech Surf Savvy

Surfing has come a long way since ancient Polynesians in Tahiti were first observed hitting the peaks and barrels in 1767.


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Always Be Prepared

As a man of the world, you know as well as anyone how important it is to be prepared for any eventuality.


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Your Next Big Party

Music festivals are a whole lot of fun, but for all of us based in Hong Kong, enjoying one of these epic events usually means travelling pretty far from home.


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The MMC descends on Smokey Joe’s

There is something inherently manly about smoked, barbecued hunks of meat.


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Not What Just Popped Into Your Head

It seems we can’t get enough of the humble hamburger this year, with the opening of a plethora of new burger joints across Hong Kong Island.


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Know Your Meat

It’s almost summer and we all know what that means – barbeque season.


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Is There Anybody Out There?

 

The brainiacs at NASA recently declared that they expect to find evidence of ‘alien life’ in the next 10 to 20 years. While we’re waiting for confirmation of extraterrestrial life, check out these alien flicks and decide for yourself which one predicts our future encounter with extraterrestrial beings.


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Dialing it Down

New York is called the city that never sleeps, but from where we stand, Hong Kong is a strong contender for that crown – if it hasn't stolen it already.


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Your Wingman, Anytime

We might be living in an age of astounding innovation, but when it comes to flying, we’re stuck in a rut of mediocrity, no matter what airline (or cabin) we're flying in.


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Get Your Hands Dirty

America’s culinary stylings seem to be having a moment in Hong Kong, and the result is the recent opening of a spate of new restaurants that cater to the male appetite – or at least, one of them. 


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Paperwork Be Gone

Let’s face it: ‘busy’ has become our default setting.


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Spy Style

At one point or another, all of us have dreamed of being dashing spies.


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Enter the Dragon’s Lair

There are a handful of men that we as a gender respect for the way they epitomise what it means to be a man.


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Eye Candy for Your Face

 

 

 

Trends of days past return this year with vintage sunglasses for men taking their cues from the cool 60s.


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Food with Honesty

It’s an odd name for a burger joint. It’s an even odder name for a burger joint that moonlights as a burritoria and lobster shack.


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