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Mark Manson (born March 9, 1984)[not verified in body] is a self-help author, personal development consultant, entrepreneur, and blogger.[1][2] He blogs under his own name at an eponymous website, and as of 2019 had authored three books, the First book being Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, The 2nd book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life which rose to number six on The New York Times bestseller list. His latest book is called Everything Is F*cked: a Book About Hope.

Mark Manson
Mark Manson in 2018
Born (1984-03-09) March 9, 1984 (age 35)[citation needed]
ResidenceManhattan, New York[citation needed]
OccupationWriter, blogger
Notable work
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck—A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Fernanda Neute (m. 2016)
[citation needed]

Early life and educationEdit

Mark Manson was born on March 9, 1984,[citation needed] and was raised in Austin, Texas, in the United States.[3] He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study and graduated from Boston University with a degree in international business in 2007.[citation needed]


Manson started his first blog in 2009 as a marketing channel for his dating advice business.[citation needed] Later,[when?][verification needed] "hoping to cash in as a digital nomad", he moved overseas, began blogging, and earned a living as an employee of a marketing startup.[3]

Manson's website,, hosts his blog; in 2014, it was reported to have 400,000 monthly visitors, and was reported to have grown to "about 2 million unique visitors a month" by 2016.[1][3][better source needed] He writes about topics related to dating and relationships, life choices, psychology, and modern American culture.[citation needed]

Publication historyEdit

Manson signing his book at BookCon 2019

Manson's first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, was self-published in 2011,[4] and was reported to have sold more than 15,000 copies by 2014.[1] It was reissued by Pan Macmillan Australia in 2017.[5]

His second book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, was published in 2016.[citation needed] It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List at number six in the category of How-to and Miscellaneous in the week of October 2, 2016.[6].

Manson's third book, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope, a follow-up to his 2016 The Subtle Art...,[citation needed] was published by HarperCollins in 2019.[7]

Other workEdit

Manson is also the CEO and founder of Infinity Squared Media.[clarification needed][2]

Critical responseEdit

Tree Franklin, blogging on the now defunct HuffPost Contributor platform, reviewed The Subtle Art.., describing the author as having "disguised his book[,] using language... [to trick us] into reading a book about values", and the book as yanking the reader

out of delusion and denial, point[ing] at the pit you're stuck in and forc[ing] you to not only look at the filth and dirt covering you but also to accept it.[8][better source needed]

Erica Rivera, writing for, describes Manson's style in the book as being "as blunt as a man-to-man chat",[9] and Katharine Pushkar describes it as "foul-mouthed, funny-as-hell, [and] dead-on", and his philosophy thus:

"that life is hard, you're not special, happiness is a hollow goal and therefore you should make sure you're focused on the truly worthwhile",

in her review in the New York Daily News.[10] Manson describes it as "a counterintuitive approach to living a good life";[10] others likewise have described his approach as counterintuitive with regard to the norms of the self-help genre,[9] and as "contra" to that industry on the whole.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Manson married Fernanda Neute in 2016,[citation needed] and resides in Manhattan.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Schwabel, Dan. "Mark Manson: The Accidental Self-Help Entrepreneur". Forbes. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Schwabel, Dan. "Mark Manson: Why Personal Relationships Are More Important Than Career Goals". Forbes. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Vongkiatkajorn, Kanyakrit. "Stop Trying to Feel Awesome All the Time, Says Millennial Whisperer". Mother Jones. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Manson, Mark (July 22, 2011). "Models: Attract Women Through Honesty". Createspace Independent Pub – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Manson, Mark (September 11, 2017). "Models: Attract Women Through Honesty". Pan Macmillan Australia – via Google Books.
  6. ^ NYT Staff (October 2, 2016). "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous—October 1, 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  7. ^ HarperCollins Staff (May 14, 2019). "Everything Is F*cked". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Franklyn, Tree. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck–A Book Review". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Rivera, Erica. "Interview: Mark Manson on "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck"". Mandatory. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Pushkar, Katherine. "The last f—king self-help book you'll ever buy". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

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