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Dear 2011 Santa….

December 17, 2011 Drink, Living, Read, Style No Comments

… I’ve been pretty good this year….more or less…..so, how about it?..

Top Row:

  • Hedi Slimane: Anthology of a Decade. This coffee table book set captures a bunch of Hedi’s photographs. I’m particularly intrigued by the FR (for France) book, which shows some of his couture work at Yves Saint Laurent and Dior.
  • Double Breasted Velvet Blazer by Yves Saint Laurent. This is an amazing piece I need for the current party season. I wear a 36, but can take the 38 and have my tailor take it in. =)
  • Ardbeg Supernova. I have yet to try this particular expression of Ardbeg. However, the reviews of it have been pretty good – a lot of peaty and smoky notes; exactly how I like my scotch. Malt Advocate gave it a respectable 90 point score.

Middle Row:

  • Cannondale Supersix Ultegra DI2. It’s a road bike with heritage, race-winning pedigree, and many more features than I need, but it looks pretty badass.
  • Santiago Gonzalez Card Case made from a Colombian crocodile in a rich, navy blue. When it comes to personal accessories, I prefer to have something classic, and not so mainstream.

Bottom Row:

  • Mr. Hare Jopling Patent Leather Shoes. I need these, especially with the raised cube toe.
  • Garmin FR 70. It’s a heart rate monitor watch with ANT+ technology, which allows it to sync with the monitor on my gym’s stationary bike. I need this to better gauge the number of calories I burn.
  • Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking is much, much more than a cookbook, and even though I don’t really cook, I still appreciate the craft and skills involved in it. And this six volume set seems like a good place to understand all of the techniques involved in many of the restaurants I’ve been fortunate enough to frequent.
  • Lanvin Flower Lapel Pin. I like accessories.
  • Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon. Illustrated is a bottle of the 20 year old, but really, I’d take a 15 year old also. Currently, there is a lot of hype about this spirit. The reviews have been stellar, and admittedly, I am very curious.

Michael Ellner quote

January 9, 2011 Lessons, Living, Read No Comments

Just look at us. Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the major media destroy information and religions destroy spirituality.

Clement Greenberg – “Avant-Garde and Kitsch”

December 10, 2010 Abstract, Art, Expressionist, Modern, Read 1 Comment

In summary, he liked Modern Art and thought Socialist Realism was kitsch, or crap because it represented the dumbing down of culture. 

Copy + Paste of his 1939 Essay:

 

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Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers (The Story of Success)

December 9, 2010 Lessons, Living, Read No Comments

I finally found time to read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers. What a great read!

It offered insight to my story of success, as well as offered me pointers to keep in mind if I want my kids (if I ever end up having any) to succeed.

Found this picture online that perfectly illustrates Gladwell’s points.  

 

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Holiday Season Gift List 2010

if I wanted to keep it under a $1000.

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Currently Reading: After Modern Art

September 20, 2010 Art, Contemporary, Read No Comments

brushing up on contemporary art history.

Link:
After Modern Art 1945-2000

Shit my dad says – Justin Halpern

August 30, 2010 Funny, Lessons, Read No Comments

“Do people your age know how to comb their hair? It looks like two squirrels crawled on their heads and started fucking.”

HILARIOUS!

Just get it.

Link:
Buy it here (Amazon – cheapest)

Smile or Die

June 18, 2010 Lessons, Living, Read No Comments

Acclaimed journalist, author and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich explores the darker side of positive thinking.

This guy animates the talk. Very worthwhile 10 minutes.

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