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 Raymond Carver's short stories are great.  Interestingly, Paul Kelly adapted the story "So much water so close to home" into the song "Everything's turning to white", on his 1989 album "So much water so close to home" as a homage to Carver.
  There's utterly no doubt that fewer men, as an overall percentage of the population, wear a suit and/or tailored clothing when compared to 40-50 years ago.  However, to base the demise of the suit on the decline of one brand is very poor journalism. Brioni was failing before O'Shea, because they were selling a very expensive product but their target market was retiring and they had failed to attract a younger market. I can't be sure, but I very strongly suspect that many...
  With regard to the watch crystal, getting the shape right is only part of it. Crystals are sometimes surrounded by a seal, or gasket, and so if the seal is old and needs to be replaced along with the crystal, you could be out of luck even if you can find a crystal or have one made. Best to talk with an experienced watch repairer first so as to get their opinion before you spend money getting a crystal made. You could be in luck, though, as not all watches have...
 IMHO, the book of Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) is better than the movie.  Of course, the movie has great visual appeal, Harrison Ford does a good job, and Rutger Hauer's largely ad-libbed speech is fantastic ("I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears...in...rain. Time to...
 That's very cool. When I visited Nikko, in Japan, earlier this year we went to Rinno-ji temple, which is currently being extensively renovated.  The whole temple was covered with a massive, temporary building that was 6-7 stories tall and you could climb up to the top of it and look down upon the renovation procedures, including the disassembly of much of the temple, the recovery of usable beams, and the replacement of other beams.  Anyway, in the observation gallery, as...
 What sort of standard size does "size 4" translate into? M? L? 38? 40? 42?
 I haven't read Bleeding Edge, but I read Lot 49 and Vineland back at university and really enjoyed them.  Inherent Vice was a bit more of a chore in parts, but still enjoyable.  Gravity's Rainbow, on the other hand, was one of the only books that I have never finished reading. I've picked it up a few times over the past decade but never really get any further into it before putting it back down again. 
 A fantastic book. The Yiddish Policemen's Union is also great.  I must find a copy of "Gentlemen of the Road" as a friend of mine highly recommended it. 
  I watched both this and 1984 (with John Hurt and Richard Burton) when I was in high school and they blew my mind.  The book of 1984 was depressing enough but it was even worse watching it on film - the grimy, dreary, stress-filled life under Big Brother.  I also remember watching Blue Velvet on TV one Saturday evening when I was in grade 9 or 10 and that freaked me out. 
 Not one of Chabon's best works (the writing, that is, not his son!).  I like clothing, otherwise I wouldn't be posting here on SF. I enjoy looking at it, discussing it, wearing it.  I don't, however, think that it's important. Clothes are just things you wear to cover your body. Yes, some clothes look nicer than other clothes. Maybe some clothes will make you look cooler, or more attractive to whichever gender you happen to like. However, it's just clothing.  These...
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