Today in History: May 20th, 1873
On this day in 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.
The Ultimate American Road Trip
Summer’s coming on, the ideal season for a road trip—which Jack Kerouac did not invent, by the way. Pausanias, Genghis Khan, and the Buddhist monk Xuanzang all have him beat. He wasn’t even the first American to embark on a road trip—that distinction jointly goes to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, leaders of the Corps of Discovery (better known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition), which started up the Missouri River on this date 209 years ago.
A Drink Men Should Know About
As an enthusiast of whiskey since my early years, it’s my pleasure to watch the world celebrate my favorite poison in the spotlight of mass popularity. But it’s important to remember that a dignified man’s drink should always be simple, bold, and romantic. Much like The Barrel Aged Manhattan.
A Visual Guide For the Modern Man
The Short Sleeve Dress Shirt
In the realm of men’s fashion, there is one hard and fast rule: Never, and we mean NEVER, wear a men’s short sleeve dress shirt to the office. Unless of course your job entails changing oil, wearing a name tag, or asking customers if they want fries with that.
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Read It Quick Before You See the Movie
Rare is the film that’s better than the book it’s based on. I can think of only two: Doctor Zhivago and The Godfather. The latest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, comes out this Friday, and the trailer for it bodes ill: pretty flashy-looking and over-the-top. Of course, subtlety is not the strong suit of the director of Moulin Rouge, but still. If you plan on seeing it, at least read the damn book first: it’s the mythical Great American Novel, for more reasons than one.
A Visual Guide For the Modern Man
An Unpopular Opinion
Don’t trust a man who says he has no regrets—either he’s lying, or, what’s worse, he really doesn’t have any. I myself have more than a few regrets, but one decision I feel zero regrets about is getting rid of my TV. The TV is a Pandora’s Box of pure bilge, right there in presumably the most sacred place in your home: the living room. If you’ve also got a TV in your bedroom, there’s definitely something wrong. As Shakespeare said, Check thyself before ye wreck thyself.
5 Things for Men to Accomplish this Month
Every month sets forth a new set of challenges for the modern, dignified man. One can either rise to the challenge or shrink away in defeat. We suggest you choose the former. What’s wrong with manning-up, taking this month by the balls and squeezing? Exactly. Nothing. The above is your marching orders for the month of May. Go forth gentlemen…
Today in History: May 1st, 1941
Months before its release, Orson Welles’ landmark film Citizen Kane began generating such controversy that Radio City Music Hall eventually refused to show it. Instead,Citizen Kane, now revered as one of the greatest movies in history, made its debut at the smaller RKO Palace Theater on this day in 1941.
Clothes With Surprising Etymologies
A Book About the Power of Books
In addition to being World Book Day, today is the anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. He died in the year 1616, the same day, the same year, as Shakespeare, and was buried in an unmarked grave. Cervantes wrote Don Quixote, arguably the first novel. Like many a classic, Don Quixote holds the dubious distinction of being very well-known but very rarely read. I just re-read it recently—not sure why, since I didn’t enjoy it all that much the first time—but boy, am I sure glad I did.
A Manly Movie Without the Machismo
If I had to pick one movie that best encapsulates the trials and tribulations, the glory and ignominy of being a man, I would choose The Bridge on the River Kwai. Ostensibly a film depicting the conflict of wills between a British prisoner-of-war and his Japanese nemesis during World War II, it’s really all about power, pride, work, meaning, ambition, and culture. It’s high time to highlight this great film because this week celebrates the birthday of its star and mourns the death of its director.