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Stendhal Syndrome
08 Oct

Stendhal Syndrome

The great writer Stendhal, author of The Red and the Black, once wrote that he was so overcome by the beauty and culture of Florence that he had heart palpitations and “walked with the fear of falling.” Two centuries on, dozens of other visitors to Florence have similarly experienced what doctors now call “Stendhal syndrome,” a general term for overwhelming emotional response to art.

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Fit For Purpose
24 Sep

Fit For Purpose

A walk home after dinner at a favorite neighborhood restaurant. Heavy rain. Neighbors who had just fertilized their sizeable yard with manure, of all things in a city. The resulting unspeakable slurry that collected and eddied on our sidewalk easily overcame my dress boots, and pushed me to act on a longstanding temptation, even if it was like closing the barn door after the cow – unfortunately not metaphorical enough – had left.

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Activation Energy
10 Sep

Activation Energy

When I first told my parents I wanted a fountain pen, they laughed at me. A generation that had grown up learning to write on the scratchy, messy, finicky things couldn’t believe that someone would want to turn his back on the easy, consistent and reliable world of rollerballs and ballpoints and fuss with inkwells, pistons and sensitive nibs. Of course, they didn’t realize that for many of us today, the fuss of the old-fashioned is the draw. 

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Book Review: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
27 Aug

Book Review: Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

Many of the best clothing-industry memoirs, such as Martin Greenfield’s Measure of a Man, spend less time describing the writer’s time in the industry than they do the circumstances that led the writer to the business. Or, as Daniel “Dapper Dan” Day calls it in the fascinating Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem, the hustle. And for him, it was the attraction of, for the first time, carrying out “a hustle with no vic[tim]s.” 

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Suits
12 Aug

Suits

If not even bankers, the profession we suppose kept expensive custom tailors in business (because almost no other profession can still afford them), are wearing suits, then who is still wearing them? What will bankers wear instead? And what is to become of the suit? 

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That Which Brings Joy
30 Jul

That Which Brings Joy

Two children’s books come to mind when I think of Marie Kondo.  Fitting, too, as ever since she’s become a sprightly, life-simplifying phenomenon, people on the internet have voiced fears that she would come for their books.  We iGents, though, knew better.  She (or her distaff converts) are coming for our #steez. 

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Belt Bow Cape
16 Jul

Belt Bow Cape

A Hall of Famer
01 Jul

A Hall of Famer

A few words inspired by the recent induction of Bryan Ferry’s band Roxy Music into the Rock & Roll Hal of Fame.

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