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Category Archives: accoutrements

Bernhard Roetzel: The Gentleman’s Guide to Grooming and Style

I don’t know — I just feel like the most authoritative guide to gentlemanism must come translated from the German. Despite, or maybe thanks to, four credited translators, Bernhard Roetzel’s Gentleman’s Guide to Grooming and Style (known in other editions as Gentleman: A Timeless Fashion) retains a certain steely yet askew exactitude. When the translated […]

Glenn O’Brien: How to Be a Man

I knew little about Glenn O’Brien before hearing Jesse Thorn interview him on The Sound of Young America, but now my mental shelf of examples of career-life unity couldn’t do without him. Assemble what you can of the man’s résumé, and the full picture looks colorful to the point of unreality: host of the punkisly […]

Some things in life

How the iPhone got me

So what pushed me to finally get an iPhone, even though I lack so much as a multi-digit income? I nearly slapped down the howevermany hundred dollars a first-generation iPhone cost when Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers’ Bloom hit the App Store. Having read Eno’s A Year with Swollen Appendices at least three times by […]