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Move Over Bond, Meet the World’s True Post-Modern Spy

December 9, 2011


Readers of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” first encounter George Smiley, the puzzled problem-solver of the novel’s maze, as he hastens along a rainy London street. It is by no means his first appearance in the pages of le Carré. He was in “Call for the Dead,” and then in “A Murder of Quality” (1962), in […]

Why Is Everyone (in Hollywood) Kung Fu Fighting?

December 5, 2011


Asian pop culture began seeping into the West in the 1990s, with a stream of Japanese imports: “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” Nintendo’s Pokemon, “Iron Chef” and anime cartoons, notes Adam Ware, CEO of Mnet, a new U.S. cable channel featuring only Asian content. Decades of videogames like “Mortal Kombat” and “Street Fighter” have put martial […]

Culture Vulture: A Tribute to Drive

December 5, 2011


Ryan Gosling. His watch from Drive. His suits from Crazy.Stupid.What’s not to Love?

Inequality: Which are Socially Acceptable and Which are Not?

November 16, 2011


Foreign tourists are coming up to me on the streets and asking, “David, you have so many different kinds of inequality in your country. How can I tell which are socially acceptable and which are not?” This is an excellent question. I will provide you with a guide to the American inequality map to help […]

“I Fell Down the Stairs” and other Medical Excuses Used by Bruce Wayne

November 16, 2011


Patient: Wayne, Bruce DOB: 2/16/1971 Occupation: Industrialist Insurance: Self-pay Emergency Contact: Dick Grayson, XXX-269-9637 Interval History: Patient was seen for his last annual physical approximately one year ago. Since that time he has had numerous visits for acute illnesses or injuries, generally accompanied either by his companion Mr. Grayson or Alfred, a senior member of […]

Why Would Rolex Sign Tiger Woods? Because He’s Not a Hasbeen.

October 26, 2011


On one hand, we have the world’s most famous recognizable watch brands—casting its lot with a dude many consider a moral reprobate or, worse, a has-been. Has the famously precise Swiss timepiece maker finally sproinged its own gears? What on earth is Rolex thinking? [via Slate] Slate’s take: Some have speculated that Rolex is “buying low,” stealing […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: How America Puts You on a List Targeted for Termination

October 7, 2011


How America Puts You on a List Targeted for Termination The process involves “going through the National Security Council, then it eventually goes to the president, but the National Security Council does the investigation, they have lawyers, they review, they look at the situation, you have input from the military- Bang! You are targeted for […]

How To Make Hard Decisions. Easily.

September 22, 2011


We have all been there before- Peaked lapel or notched? Two button or one? Should I ditch the cummerbund? For an experienced shopper- the answers are 1. Peaked (personal preference) 2. Doesn’t matter 3. Definitely Yes. That said, when faced with decisions of greater complexity like “You have $200 should you spend it on a boat […]

Intelligent Read: September 11 – A Graphic Adaptation

September 7, 2011


As the memorial date for September 11 looms, Slate has seen fit to re-present the 9/11 report. But it isn’t any 9/11 report we’re familiar with- this work of art is by far the most gripping and emotional take on events of September 11 I have ever read; Additionally, it’s presented in a format that […]

The Monsieur’s Brief: Erotic Capital – The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom

September 6, 2011


A new series of article summaries to help true gentlemen- Monsieurs, get a better handle on things going on globally, culturally and nationally. Consider this a cheat sheet for intellectual conversations. 1. The Power of Erotic Capital In a recent New York Times article, an economics professor explained that if you’re in the bottom of the looks department, […]


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