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Wishlist: Revue Sting 11 Flip-Ups





James Dean agrees.

Only $139.



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T-Minus Two Days

EDIT: Live Blogging has been canceled due to technical limitations. Sincere Apologies. Expect measures to be taken to fix this in the future…

August 16th looms like the flickering, unattainable green light on the bay of West Egg.

“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Season 3, Episode 1:

Created and written by Matthew Weiner; directed by Phil Abraham; Mr. Weiner and Scott Hornbacher, executive producers; Lisa Albert, supervising producer; Dahvi Waller, co-producer; Dwayne Shattuck and Blake McCormick, producers. Produced by Lionsgate.

WITH: Jon Hamm (Donald Draper), January Jones (Betty Draper), Vincent Kartheiser (Peter Campbell), Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olson), Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway), John Slattery (Roger Sterling), Jared Harris (Lane Pryce), Ryan Cartwright (John Hooker), Bryan Batt (Salvatore Romano), Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey), Ryan Cutrona (Gene Driscoll), Aaron Staton (Ken Cosgrove), Rich Sommer (Harry Crane) and Robert Morse (Bertram Cooper).

Remember, LIVE BLOGGING of the premiere will happen right here, August 16th, starting 10 pm PST.

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Bespoke Axes – Best Made Co.


Best Made Company is the only company in the world that manufactures one of a kind, limited-edition bespoke axes. The artisanal tools are hand-painted and carved in a New Jersey workshop, and constructed from head hands forged in Maine, and handles of hickory from Tennessee. They’re available on their site or at Partners and Spade, New York.




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The Mugshot: Cruel and Unusual Style

The mugshot (and especially the celebrity mugshot) has become such a canonized aspect of the American consciousness that, at least to me, it transcends both originality and cliche. What I mean by that is: Mugshots are instantly recognizable and in a sense, unoriginal – however, they remain stylized in such a way that the viewer’s instant recognition classicizes the mugshot aesthetic. (Really, the same goes for anything “classic,” and I use that term tightly, as it seems to have been applied pretty loosely to things in the past). Anyway, I feel like featuring my favorite mugshots is an easy road to take, but a necessary one nonetheless.

So, once one acknowledges these preconceptions, I think mugshots can be a fascinating window into an individual’s naked personality. They reveal people at their most vulnerable – and it’s interesting to interpret how composed/distraught/stylish/smug/embarrassed/empowered/coy a person truly is at a given moment, (that is, if you subscribe to the theory of mugshots as a vehicle of personality deconstruction). To that end, here is a sampling of my favorite mugshots (celebrity, stylish and unknown, hat-adorned, and full body – none of which are mutually exclusive) that I’ve culled from the internet over the past few weeks.


emmagoldmanmugshotEmma Goldman

PD*29499642Jerry Rosenberg

BE047388Malcolm X

McQueenSteveSteve McQueen


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Full Body:

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Picture 1

Also, check out some of the new campaign photos for Levi’s, which feature some penetentary-themed shots (though not shot very well, in my opinion). Via DR&DR.


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New Levi’s Ad Campaign

Sure, the new Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign is replete with the traditional Madison Avenue subliminal methods, but c’mon… A Walt Whitman poem + all that imagery? Gotta give ’em some cred.

But what makes this particularly notable is that the vocal is taken from a 36-second wax cylinder recording from 1890, of what is thought to actually be Walt Whitman reading four lines of “America.” (For more information on this recording, see Ed Folsom, “The Whitman Recording,” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, 9 (Spring 1992), 214-16).

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Mad Men Live Blogging


In-Depth Commentary and Analysis, LIVE!

Details TBA.

Coming August 16, 2009.

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The Golden Days of Cigarette Advertising

Phillip Morris sponsored I Love Lucy which scored them a pitch from Lucille Ball herself — “Don’t say cigarette! Say Phillip Morris!” Legend has it (read: Wikipedia) that Lucy put Chesterfields in Phillip Morris boxes during filming, so she could smoke her favorite brand without upsetting the sponsors.

A few more choice favorites:

Viceroy (feat. Steve McQueen)

Winston – The Flintstones compilation


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