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Peak Dandy

I know an awful lot of people who will be upset with this pugnacious little article, but I’m not one of them. My own brief stay in Dandyland (2004-2007) was an exercise in persona, a foray into the performative, oratorical … Continue reading

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The Importance of Audience

If you want to hear an interesting theory about the folly of democracy in culture (society is another matter), and why the use of wit in writing is now such a hard sell in American publishing circles, go to the … Continue reading

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Authenticity is Bunk

It’s surprising how many people are still mired in a Nineteenth-Century, Anglo-Saxon mindset when it comes to the idea of authenticity. I’m often made keenly aware of this because of my pen name, which implies a persona, a construction: artifice. … Continue reading

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American Banshees

Taking a break from the Expedition today to talk about a musical form that has been held hostage by corny nostalgia mongers for years, but deserves a fresh listen. I grew up listening to old scratchy 45s. I love their … Continue reading

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The Gusto Ethic

I believe deeply in Gusto–vitality, vigor, enthusiasm, daring, energy–often at the expense of good sense. I shudder to think what might have become of me were it not for the siren’s song of Gusto: I might have wound up employed, … Continue reading

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Glenn O’Brien’s New Book

On the train ride home from Glenn O’Brien’s book release party at Bergdorf Goodman, I was reading my signed, newly-acquired copy of Glenn’s new tome, How To Be A Man.While scurrying back to the hedgerows like a good country mouse, … Continue reading

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Crickets in the Land of Biff

Weaved through the impossibly beautiful streets of Chestnut Hill to spend the afternoon on the bucolic grounds of the Philadelphia Cricket Club, where many a damn, damn fine Mimosa met with its doom. Urp. Although I find anglophilia to be … Continue reading

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The New Luxury?

Last week I attended a lecture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art given by Hamish Bowles, the European Editor at Large for Vogue. His topic was the work of Cristóbal Balenciaga and Roberto Capucci, whose colorful, exuberant work is now … Continue reading

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Not the Makings, But the Habit

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That Bottom Button, Marooned by Tradition

I’m very much with The Grumpy Owl when he says: Convention says that one should always leave the bottom button undone. I hold to that convention. But I don’t like it very much. The tradition originated in the court of … Continue reading

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