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#41 kotmj

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 04:55 PM

So I finished reading Manton's book The Suit. Loaned to me by terror.

It has been said the language in the King James version of The Holy Bible was archaic even when it came out, and that this was deliberate because it allows for more melody and because an ecclesiastical work should not sound like the writing in the newspapers of the day.

Manton chose to wrought his work to the framework of The Prince. The language is archaic. The Prince was originally written for an Italian prince as a manual to the intricacies of mediaeval politics -- Manton chose to address his book to Lapo Elkann. Laughed my head off.

It's a very good book I can recommend to anyone who likes to know more about classic clothes for men. The work isn't superficial -- Manton gives advice even about the tiniest of details. It's lovingly written by an enthusiast, not just another job to pay the rent with by a style writer.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 12:27 AM

Reading Tuesdays With Morrie. It is a real story by an author who visited an old dying professor once a week to talk about the major issues of life. Some quotes:

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it."

"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."

"Because I know my time is almost done, I am drawn to nature like I'm seeing it for the first time."

"There are a few rules I know to be true about love and marriage: If you don't respect the other person, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don't know how to compromise, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. If you can't talk openly about what goes on between you, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. And if you don't have a common set of values in life, you're gonna have a lot of trouble. Your values must be alike."

“Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.”

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 01:47 PM

Tuesdays with Morrie is a really good book. Highly recommended. At the moment I am reading the autobiography of Malcolm X.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 11:18 AM

Currently reading "The Big Short by Michael Lewis". Very interesting.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:30 AM

The Big Short is such a thriller even though it's non-fiction.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 12:40 AM

Stephen King's 'On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft'.

An excerpt:

It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.



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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:27 AM

The top 5 regrets of the dying
http://www.inspirati...-the-Dying.html

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:44 AM

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:10 PM

^ I recall the book differently.

I'm actually supposed to be drafting a few patterns now but this find is so great I can't wait to let you guys know.

THE CULT OF THE LUXURY BRAND: Inside Asia's Love Affair With Luxury.


But a well-endowed purse and free-spending ways are two different
matters. Singaporeans are obsessed with the price of everything. They
are entirely free of the Western reticence to discuss income and expenditure.
It’s routine in conversation for a Singaporean to ask: “What is
your salary? How much is your rent? What did you pay for those sunglasses?”
Whatever you did pay, a Singaporean can tell you where you
could have got them cheaper. In local parlance this is

kiasu, fear of losing
out. There is no dichotomy, for a Singaporean, in loving a bargain
and flaunting wealth, both at once. For example, a street hawker
described a Rolex-wearing customer who jumped out of his Mercedes,
opened a wallet thick with notes, and then argued for a considerable
time about the number of oysters he should have in his Sing$2
(US$1.25) omelette.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:17 PM

I interviewed one of the authors once.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:38 AM

So I finished reading Manton's book The Suit. Loaned to me by terror.

It has been said the language in the King James version of The Holy Bible was archaic even when it came out, and that this was deliberate because it allows for more melody and because an ecclesiastical work should not sound like the writing in the newspapers of the day.

Manton chose to wrought his work to the framework of The Prince. The language is archaic. The Prince was originally written for an Italian prince as a manual to the intricacies of mediaeval politics -- Manton chose to address his book to Lapo Elkann. Laughed my head off.

It's a very good book I can recommend to anyone who likes to know more about classic clothes for men. The work isn't superficial -- Manton gives advice even about the tiniest of details. It's lovingly written by an enthusiast, not just another job to pay the rent with by a style writer.


The Prince, as in Machiavelli's The Prince?

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 12:06 PM


The Prince, as in Machiavelli's The Prince?

Yup! Unusual inspiration but it works.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:02 PM

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:36 PM

Outrageously good copywriting for Muji
http://www.muji.com/message/

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:29 PM

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An incredible book. Everyone should read it.

#56 F1refighter

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:22 AM

^^^ The real deal.

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 03:40 PM

I dont know where to post this, it was between here and wetshaving. This is the funniest goddamn thing I've read recently.

http://www.amazon.co...iews/B000KKNQBK

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:06 PM

What led you to this in the first place???

#59 Zinzan

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 04:08 PM

It was pointed out in my cigar forum.

#60 kotmj

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:32 PM

I laughed very hard. Those reviewers must be writers!




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