"A gentleman in 1720 could read Greek while mounting a running horse. Today’s gentleman reads GQ in the bathroom. From rapists to stylists, a history of the American gentleman." [more inside]
posted by homunculus
on Feb 16, 2014 -
"In the interests of art, they seek to substitute the luxury of taste for the luxury of costliness; to teach that beauty does not imply elaboration or ornament; to employ only those forms and materials which make for simplicity, individuality and dignity of effect."
Every issue of Gustav Stickley
's influential journal of the American Craftsman movement,The Craftsman
posted by Think_Long
on Jul 6, 2013 -
"It is a gift, and the way God expresses herself through me. I’m so grateful for this art form because I don’t have to invite you to my studio to see my painting. You get to see it on me. I get to wear it, live it, be it". Collector's Weekly profiles Tziporah Salamon.
posted by goo
on Jun 11, 2013 -
Once the home of the Weckquaesgeek tribe
, and more recently, William Shatner
, Hastings-on-Hudson might sound like the next village over from Downton Abbey, but according to the New York Times, it's "a village, in a Wittgensteinian sort of way
" seeing an influx of ex-Brooklynites fleeing to the suburbs in the face of creeping real estate prices. Sure, these new hipsturbanites may miss the creative density of urban New York, but at least the river setting matches their Filson/woolrich heritage-brand aesthetic
. Read on
if you set your cultural compass to the Brooklyn Flea, or your NYT Style section appreciation to ironic twee.
posted by deludingmyself
on Feb 18, 2013 -
has some interesting stories and characters. Here's two to get you started:
Robert de Montesquiou - "Tall, black-haired, rouged, Kaiser-moustached, he cackled and screamed in weird attitudes, giggling in high soprano, hiding his little black teeth behind an exquisitely gloved hand – the poseur absolute. He was said to have slept with Sarah Bernhardt and vomited for a week afterwards."
posted by unliteral
on Dec 13, 2012 -
Lord Berners - "As a child, having heard that if you throw a dog into water it will learn how to swim, he threw his mother's canine companion out of the window on the grounds that if one applies the same logic it should learn how to fly. (The dog was unharmed, and he was "thrashed" by his mother.)"
is a motion-activated camera situated a block from the Bedford L in Williamsburg. It takes photos of people passing by and asks you to rate their style. Do your civic duty, and troll it
posted by outlandishmarxist
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Literary Style: 15 Writers' Bedrooms: Truman Capote
, Virginia Woolf
, Ernest Hemingway
, Flannery O'Connor
, Alexander Masters
, William S. Burroughs
, Slyvia Plath
, Henry David Thoreau
, Victor Hugo
, Emily Dickinson
, Miranda Seymour
, Mary Roach
, Marcel Proust
, Michael Morpurgo
, William Faulkner
posted by Fizz
on Apr 4, 2012 -
If you use Americanisms
just to show you know them, people may find you a tad tiresome, so be discriminating.
You may have to think harder if you are not to use jargon
, but you can still be precise.
Use all metaphors
, dead or alive, sparingly, otherwise you will make trouble for yourself.
Some words add nothing but length
to your prose.
(Notes from The Economist
's style guide
posted by Joey Bagels
on Feb 24, 2012 -
"It was Alan Flusser who pointed out, a whole generation of men in the '70s stopped getting dressed, so they didn't teach their children how to get dressed. More and more people have found, 'Oh, I can go read about this stuff.' " The Oral History of Menswear Blogging.
With Michael Bastian
, Scott Schuman
, Michael Williams
, Lawrence Schlossman
, Jesse Thorn
, and others.
posted by villanelles at dawn
on Dec 14, 2011 -
Everything feels old.
There have been no radical changes in style, culture, art, and fashion over the last 20 years—a stark contrast to every other two decade period going all the way back into the 19th-century, Kurt Anderson
argues in Vanity Fair
. Every 20 year period marked a drastic and unmistakable shift in cultural appearance with the exception of our current quarter century. [more inside]
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 8, 2011 -
It's not breakdancing.
Not really, although it's associated with breakdancing nowadays; breakin' was originally seen as being very east coast, while these dances originated on the west coast. What was this dancing?Well, many of the most famous 70s-80s street moves are actually called funk styles
, which were performed, at first, to funk and disco, and later to early electronic and industrial dance music. And the big daddy of them all was a dance called the Electric Boogaloo, and demonstrated by the Electric Boogaloos
.Here they are in their zoot-suited glory
, showing off their signature moves. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod
on Dec 4, 2011 -
The French romantic thriller “Diva” dashes along with a pellmell gracefulness, and it doesn’t take long to see that the images and visual gags and homages all fit together and reverberate back and forth. It’s a glittering toy of a movie... This one is by a new director, Jean-Jacques Beineix... who understands the pleasures to be had from a picture that doesn’t take itself very seriously. Every shot seems designed to delight the audience.
- Pauline Kael, 1982 [more inside]
posted by Trurl
on Sep 16, 2011 -
"When legal teams need to prove or disprove the authorship of key texts, they call in the forensic linguists. Scholars in the field have tackled the disputed origins of some prestigious works, from Shakespearean sonnets to the Federalist Papers."
Decoding Your E-Mail Personality
Ben Zimmer, of Language Log discusses the Facebook case and forensic linguistics
in the NY Times. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam
on Aug 2, 2011 -
From bouffants du jour and shampoo secrets of the stars to yesteryear's 'dos and you-know-you-want-it accessories, if it's about hair, you'll find it at the always entertaining Hair Hall of Fame
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 19, 2011 -
The miniskirts, hotpants, bellbottoms, boots, sunglasses, and hairdos of the Sixties Seventies
as worn by the famous and anonymous beauties of the time. (some images NSFW)
posted by Joe Beese
on Jan 2, 2011 -
January 1, 1985
: Earfuls of earrings out, armful of bangles in.
January 1, 1993
: Pellegrino out, Crystal Pepsi in
January 1, 2004
: Viagra out, Levitra in (MetaFilter previously in)
January 1, 2011
: Trolling out, Hacktivism in.
The List: a middlebrow, Beltway elite, mildly insufferable, perennially baffling Washington Post tradition since 1978
(Concave chests out, bosoms in)
posted by silby
on Jan 1, 2011 -