Great Read: Manspace: A Primal Guide to Marking Your Territory by Tim Martin

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This is a great book that focuses on the spaces men have created, and does a great job of doing so. Tim Martin talks about everything from creating his own MANSPACE to the Playboy Mansion. It is almost and anthropological study of the spaces men have created after being exiled from the more desirable areas of their house by a significant other. It is available used for as little as $5, and new for as little as $7.50. This is exceptionally cheap considering that there are over 300 color photos of over 50 “Manspaces”.

Here is one of the “most helpful” reviews from Amazon.


This is a wonderful book for a certain type of reader. Many years ago a classically trained psychoanalyst / psychiatrist told me that one of the great problems with people in our time was that people did not have their own personal space. He referred to it as sacred space. He felt that this was a particular problem for poor people because they were crammed into small spaces where people might have to share a bedroom, or literally live on top of one another. One of the solutions to this problem is to create a sacred space somewhere outside the home, such as a specific area of a park, or a lake. 

What this book does is fill the gap of a man’s need for sacred space. This space is different for all of us. The author Sam Martin has basically divided the book into five different sections, actually six. The first section is an overview of the concept of what the author is trying to achieve. The next five sections are the author’s attempt to identify five different types of space. 

The sections are 1) Collecting, 2) Entertaining, 3) Playing, 4) Sporting, and 5) Working. So here’s the deal. This book is for men only, or a lady might purchase it as a gift for a man. Women are not going to love this book, it is a man’s book, and men should buy this book for themselves. 

Here’s why you want this book if you are a man. Have you ever dreamed what it would be like if you could take a room in your home, or perhaps a cottage, and turn it into what ever your dream tells you to do. Perhaps as a child you loved fishing with your father. Now you have a chance to create a room with the most beautiful fishing gear. The type of equipment that as a child you could only dream about. 

In my own case, as a child I dreamed of becoming an astronomer. At age 12, I was taking courses at a museum in astronomy. By 13, I was taking courses at a college level. This went on for years. Coming from parents with limited means, I never did get that telescope. By the time I was an adult, my career in Wall Street put off that career in Astronomy. 

Perhaps it will always remain a dream, but then in this book I saw the personal observatory of a man who shared the same dream. He had built his fantasy into the top of his house in Telluride, Colorado near the San Juan Mountains. A picture truly is worth a 1000 words. 

Whether it’s a wine collection, an art studio, a magnificent gym, or maybe a collection of trains, we all need our dreams, and this book portrays them. It was all so organized as well. You know how we all collect stuff. We collect too many things. I wish I had the cash for the things I bought, that I NEVER used. I therefore ask my children this question, “What’s the difference between desperately needing something that you can’t afford, and having it, but not being able to find it?” The answer as you know is that there is no difference. Sometimes you have to get rid of extra objects in order to be able to use the possessions that are left. 

There is a beautiful quote from George Bernard Shaw in the book that goes, “WE DON’T STOP PLAYING BECAUSE WE GET OLD. WE GET OLD BECAUSE WE STOP PLAYING.” Whether it’s a man’s kitchen, or a Samurai fighting studio, this book has so many different concepts in it that I am sure you will be able to find not one, but many that appeal to you. 

In this hectic world where multiple demands are made on our time and energy, pulling and tugging on us to go in different directions, we can take solace in a book like this where each of us can indulge in our personal sacred spaces. 

Richard Stoyeck 


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