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Is it Possible to Dress Well and Not Be Accused of Elitism?

April 27, 2011

 

A YOUNG MALE READER writes:

Men’s clothing has not fared any better. Any given article of traditional men’s clothing is marked by loyalty to custom and accrued wisdom. Yet an assembly of them betrays an incredible variety of textures and origins, the fruit of trade and empire. The offerings are more cosmopolitan than a U.N. convention: Norwegian sweaters, Hebrides tweeds, English tattersalls, Indian madras, Shetland sweaters, Cordoban leather, Peruvian Alpaca… Each bears the mark of its maker, who may come from any corner. And yet, such wares are branded as provincial and elitist. Read More »

 

And We Must Loathe the Duties of the Wife-to-Be

April 27, 2011

 

TINA BROWN, who has made Newsweek even less interesting than it was before, applies the predictable amount of contempt to the subject of the pending royal marriage. Of Kate Middleton, she writes:

Now that she’s engaged to be married to the second in line to the throne, her life is about to get more boring still. The palace machine will take over. The portcullis will come down. William is a RAF search-and-rescue helicopter pilot at RAF Valley on the island of Anglesey, and the happy couple will live in a remote farmhouse in North Wales, where there is 33 inches of rain a year. There she can tend to the urgent priority of royal wife, the speedy manufacture of the heir and spare.

Ah, yes. It would be far less boring if Kate Middleton occupied some corporate position churning out propaganda or attending conventions for chief executive goddesses. Raising an heir to an ancient throne, how deadly dull.

 

Modesty Is Not Prudery

April 27, 2011

 

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MODESTY is not the same as prudery, as is discussed in this entry. A reader also suggests retailers that sell more modest women’s clothing than what is generally available and vintage clothes, including the dress above.

 

Good Friday in Italy

April 27, 2011

 
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The minaret of the Cascina Gobba mosque in Milan

AT HER BLOG Galliawatch, Tiberge reports that Muslims took to the streets in Rome to pray in large crowds on Good Friday and that for the first time in history the call to prayer was broadcast in Arabic through loudspeakers from a minaret in Milan. Tiberge also reports on the vandalizing of churches in France during Holy Week.

 

Racial Favoritism at McDonald’s

April 27, 2011

 

McDONALD’S has introduced a new program called 365Black. The company states, “[W]e believe that African-American culture should be celebrated 365 days a year – not just during Black History Month.”

Lawrence Auster writes:

So McDonald’s has turned itself into an officially race-conscious organization which promotes blacks as blacks, and blackness as blackness. This is in line with the de facto American ideology of all-pervasive race-blindness and zero racial identity for whites, combined with all-pervasive race-consciousness and maximum racial identity for nonwhites. The Civil Rights idea, ML King’s Dream, in which everyone is race-blind and each person is seen as an individual, is long gone—except when it is cynically used to push whites to be race-blind while encouraging nonwhites to be race-conscious. Read More »

 

April 27, 2011

 

The Bachelor's Breakfast Table, Joseph Clark (1885)

The Bachelor's Breakfast Table, Joseph Clark (1885)

 

Why Radical Democracy Punishes and Eliminates Beauty

April 27, 2011

  

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 AT HER blog Camera Lucida, Kidist Paulos Asrat reflects on the fashion world’s committment to ugliness and the celebration of the drab and ugly in modern dress. She writes:

 As I ponder more on what I’ve written [on this subject], I think the underlying premise is equality. We are all equal in our intelligence, our talents, our luck, our wealth, our youth (age), and of course our beauty. We are all beautiful. But, in order to make this equality a reality, we have to subscribe to the lowest common denominator. After all, it is much easier to lower the standards of beauty (how low can we get before we call it ugly?) than to reach for the higher echelons of beauty; it is much easier to make our young look old and haggard, to come to our level, since we can never look young and beautiful as only they can. This is the prescription to equality that we have been fed. But we don’t have to accept it.

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A Singer’s Greatest Accomplishment

April 27, 2011

 

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THE singer and songwriter Phoebe Snow, who occupied a musical category of her own and was a big hit in the 70s, died yesterday at the age of 60. According to the New York Times, Snow said her greatest accomplishment in life was caring for her daughter, who was born with severe brain damage and died at the age of 31 in 2007.