The Art of Manliness blog offers top tips on dressing smart and casual … even when 29 is just a memory:
At the same time, the Gentleman’s Gazette offers 5 Business Casual Outfit Ideas, along with a cautionary 9 Reasons Dressing Down Is Overrated.
And, always on the topic of style, the excellent Grey Fox has:
Still need inspiration? Cultural Offering just posted this:
Title Image by Dmytro Tolokonov on Unsplash
Kurt at Cultural Offering points us to this 1991 Paris Review interview with Tom Wolfe. fascinating. Worth a read.
I realized instinctively that if I were going to write vignettes of contemporary life, which is what I was doing constantly for New York, I wanted all the sounds, the looks, the feel of whatever place I was writing about to be in this vignette. Brand names, tastes in clothes and furniture, manners, the way people treat children, servants, or their superiors, are important clues to an individual’s expectations.
Image: National Endowment for the Humanities
A Man In Full was my first Tom Wolfe novel. It had been on my Must Read list for a few years and, when Tom Wolfe died, I finally ordered a copy.
It’s a beautifully observed, beautifully written book that shows you its worlds through the eyes of each character, immersing you in their perceptions and prejudices.
It is often referenced because of its use of Stoic philosophy and that seems to come on two levels.
There’s the slap-in-the-face-obvious storyline of a man in his hour of darkest need, who comes across a Magic Book. The constant references thereafter to Zeus play to this surface reading, so I guess that may have been Wolfe’s intent.
However, at a more interesting and subtle level, all of the main characters go through something of a Stoic revelation. In each arc, we see and experience their own version of “being a man”, from former football hero and real-estate mogul Charlie Croker’s trophy-wifed, quail-hunting, plantation-owning, machismo, through Roger White’s educated, elegant, professional career, to young Conrad’s desperation to provide for his family. As the story progresses, each evolves a different – and perhaps more Stoic – view of what it means to be a “man in full”.
I enjoyed it enormously, yet I came away feeling slightly let down by the final 100 pages or so (of 740). They felt rushed and, I suppose, I wanted a slightly different ending.
That said, it’s well worth a read over the summer.
As if you needed another reason.
This is a great blog post from Fender: 5 Reasons Playing Guitar is Good for the Mind and Body.
The five reasons are:
- Physical Benefits
And, it includes research too.
Check it out, here.
Several studies showing the benefits of silence from IdeaPod.
Whether meditation of simply a walk in the woods, a period of silence heals and rewires the brain while reducing stress.
And an advertisement for Finland.
I love this room, especially (of course) the glass wall and the coffee table growing from the floor. And, the library shelves and ladder.
From Gentleman’s Essentials, here.
Via the excellent Hungarian, here.