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Who were the original hipsters? In this dazzling collection, Glenn O'Brien provides a kaleidoscopic guided tour through the margins and subterranean tribes of mid-twentieth century America--the worlds of jazz, of disaffected postwar youth, of those alienated by racial and sexual exclusion, of outlaws and drug users creating their own dissident networks. Whether labeled as Bop or Beat or Punk, these outsider voices ignored or suppressed by the mainstream would merge and recombine in unpredictable ways, and change American culture forever. To read The Cool School is to experience the energies of that vortex. Drawing on memoirs, poems, novels, comedy routines, letters, essays, and song lyrics, O'Brien creates an unparalleled literary mix tape bringing together Henry Miller, Miles Davis, Jack Kerouac, Diane di Prima, Lenny Bruce, William S. Burroughs, Bob Dylan, Annie Ross, Norman Mailer, Terry Southern, Andy Warhol, Lester Bangs, and dozens of others, including such legendary figures as Beat avatar Neal Cassady, jazz memoirist Babs Gonzales, inspired comic improviser Lord Buckley, no-holds-barred essayist Seymour Krim, and underground filmmaker Jack Smith. His one-of-a-kind anthology recreates an unforgettable era in all its hallucinatory splendor: transgressive, raucous, unruly, harrowing, and often subversively hilarious.
The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, from the ultimate life and style guru. By turns witty, sardonic, and always insightful, Glenn O'Brien's advice column has been a must-read for several generations of men (and their spouses and girlfriends). Having cut his teeth as a contributor at Andy Warhol's Interview in its heyday, O'Brien sharpened them as the creative director of advertising at the hip department store Barneys New York for ten years before starting his advice column at Details magazine in 1996. Eventually his column, "The Style Guy," migrated to its permanent home at GQ magazine, where O'Brien dispenses well-honed knowledge on matters ranging from how to throw a cocktail party (a diverse guest list is a must), putting together a wardrobe for a trip to Bermuda (pack more clothes for less dressing), or when it is appropriate to wear flip-flops in public (never). How To Be a Man is the culmination of O'Brien's thirty years of accumulated style and etiquette wisdom, distilled through his gimlet eye and droll prose. With over forty chapters on style and fashion (and the difference), on dandies and dudes, grooming and decorating, on how to dress age-appropriately and how to age gracefully, this guide is the new essential read for men of all ages.From the Hardcover edition.
"Style isn't fashion.Fashion is about what everybody's doing, what everybody's wearing.Style is about what you're doing, what you're wearing."As the no-nonsense columnist for Details magazine, Glenn O'Brien has helped thousands of guys naturally develop their own unique sense of style. Now he can help you. Here is practical, down-to-earth advice on dress, manners, sex, grooming, and dating--including cigar and cell-phone etiquette, tips on ordering wine in restaurants, and the cold, hard facts on cutoff jeans, ribbed tank tops, black shoes with white socks, and the age-old conundrum: boxers or briefs. What's the difference between a ticket pocket and a fob pocket? A raconteur and a loudmouth?Does slipping a maitre d' a tip like they do in the movies get you a better table? How do you tell your date that she has spinach in her teeth?What's the best thing to say to someone when you've prematurely ejaculated?What do you wear with a brown suit?If guys (and their girlfriends) are wondering about it, then O'Brien has the answers. Having style was never so easy!From the Trade Paperback edition.