About Luke

Luke learned to read at the age of two, whereupon he decided, like much of the male population, that it was a chore to be done only when absolutely necessary. Then suddenly at age nineteen, he discovered good books—he has been reading voraciously ever since, earning multiple literature and writing degrees. At any given moment you'll find him reading at least one book, smoking a cigar, up fifty feet in a tree he free-climbed.

Currently Reading:
Collected Stories by Alexander Pushkin
-Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
The Mystery of Being by Gabriel Marcel

Final Four Thoughts

So how’s your bracket doing? I made the mistake of filling out 3 brackets, all different–so I wasn’t quite sure who to root for. Unfortunately they all did pretty terrible for the most part so it didn’t matter too much. I am in second place in the iUMBC bracket, but it will remain that way […]

Ultra Manly Bracket Challenge

March is here and the brackets are out. Compete in the Ultra Manly Bracket Challenge by clicking on the link below: iUMBC Bracket Challenge password: iUMBC   A really great prize will go to the winner. Trust us.

Just because we’re men…

…doesn’t mean that we’re stupid. Though when it comes to some things, men tend to think with, objects, other than their brains. We’re not here to talk about those objects. I’m here today to help you out with something that men love to seem knowledgeable about, but actually don’t really have much of a clue. […]

Are You Addicted to the Internet?

A new poll from SodaHead shows that people are addicted to the internet. Are you really surprised? Check out the infograph below, and then turn off your computer and go read a manly book!  

Ultra Manly Coffee Guide

We here at iUMBC have got you covered. Not only do we provide exhaustive information on manly books, but we also keep you informed on many areas of manliness. See our holiday manly gift guide. Or our guide on how to write a manly story. Or the manliest retailer ever. If you have manly questions, this […]

Classic Review: A Hero of Our Time

[xrrgroup][xrr rating=4.25/5] [xrr rating=4.25/5 imageset=grenade label=Manliness:][/xrrgroup] You may be surprised to hear this, A Hero Of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov is a Russian classic that is under 200 pages! making it an accessible introduction to the wonderful world of Russian literature (Sometimes I feel like I am an addict trying to peddle my drug […]

Super Bowl Thoughts

Well the Super Bowl is over. Yes I mean the football game, not the event that women watch for the ads. If you watch it just for the ads, I question your manliness. A couple of questions here: 1. What was the best food you ate during your Super Bowl watching affair? We had some […]

Language vs. Story

One of the things we discussed at our last book club meeting was that Harbach was clearly a very good writer, but that most of us didn’t really like the way the book went, how the story unfolded. But wouldn’t being a “good writer” include having something to say that is compelling and engaging? To […]

Early Super Bowl Picks

Well if you are a manly man I’m going to assume that you spent (wasted?) your entire day doing nothing but watching football, as both conference championship games aired today. It’ll be two weeks before another football game is on (don’t even try to convince me that the pro bowl has any resemblance to a […]

The Most Manly Sport?

Since we’re reading about baseball (among other things), I thought I would take a little survey. What is the most manly sport? Let us know in the comment section and state your case. One might go with football, because it’s physical and fast–but one could say the same thing about hockey, or rugby. And yes […]