One afternoon about a decade ago, I was standing at a pub urinal not far from my old newspaper office when the man standing next to me opened up a conversation. “A tie, huh?” (He was American.) “Never take a job where they make you wear a tie.” He was in his mid-30s, wearing expensive-looking trainers, jeans and a sweatshirt. I was in my mid-20s, wearing my standard workwear: some nicely cut trousers, a decent white shirt, probably some black Chelsea boots and, yes, a tie that I would have taken some care selecting. I tried to explain that I liked my job. And I wasn’t forced to wear a tie, I chose to wear a tie. I liked ties! I liked how the French actor Romain Duris paired his tie with a high-collared leather jacket in the movie The Beat That My Heart Skipped. I liked how those old Italian dudes wore their ties on the Sartorialist blog. I liked how I never used to wear a tie and now I did and that meant I was a grown-up. I liked how people sometimes went: … [Read more...] about The new workwear: has the suit finally died?
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One of the world’s most accomplished cinematographers, Haskell Wexler, who has died aged 93, was nominated five times for an Academy Award, and won for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976). Wexler worked equally on mainstream and independent films, fiction and documentaries, monochrome and colour. Yet, rare in cinematographers, most of whom are hired hands, he created a relatively homogeneous filmography and never swerved from his radical convictions. These were instilled in him from an early age. Son of Simon and Lottie Wexler, he was born into a wealthy liberal Jewish family in Chicago, who sent him to the progressive Francis Parker school, where his best friend was Barney Rosset, who later became the owner of the iconoclastic Grove Press. At the age of 12, while he and his family were on holiday in Italy, Haskell used a 16mm Bell & Howell camera to film uniformed fascist youths, which he later intercut with home movies of his two brothers … [Read more...] about Haskell Wexler obituary
Footage shows Republican Senator Rand Paul being blasted by a woman who claims she won't tolerate his 'Republican bulls**t.' Sergio Gor, a staffer for the Kentucky Senator, posted a video showing two people confronting the Kentucky politician about his political views as they were lunching. The Republican lawmaker is on tour promoting his new book The Case Against Socialism and was in California when the exchange happened on Friday. Footage shows Republican Senator Rand Paul, (right), being verbally attacked by a woman, (left), who claimed she won't tolerate his 'Republican bulls**t' Rand, 56, is heard attempting to respond to a man who asks to speak to him. An official, believed to be with Rand Paul, can be heard saying: 'Stop being rude. He then responds: 'I'm not being rude, he's a public official, I have a right to speak to him.' A woman then comes into view with her phone in her hand and shouts: 'You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and … [Read more...] about ‘We’re not putting up with your Republican bulls**t!’: Moment Republican Senator Rand Paul is blasted by a woman as he dines at a restaurant in California