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Posts by Lord Foppington

I find good old shirts, with the looped closure for the collar button, all the time at thrift stores. Watch out for moth holes though: Pendleton wool must be very tasty. Another thing to look for are Pendleton three-quarter winter coats, the tweedy, quilt-lined ones, with leather buttons. I have a brown one that projects a very traditional "country" look, and I get vigorously complimented every time I wear it. It's exceptionally well made too. Then there are the...
Well, this is interesting. I'm sure there are people here with highly developed tastes in most everything. I'm not sure I for one fit that category. I don't know much about wine, for instance. And I have an aggressively low-brow approach to some things too, like music, and various other pop-culture things, and liquor. That's a species of pretentiousness in itself, I suppose. I'd say highly visually oriented people (like those here) tend to care about how things look...
This topic intrigues me. Very rarely do you find someone who has (or at least has pretenses to) good taste in clothes and also good taste (or pretenses) to a lot else. Some very sharp dresser could have ugly, generic, badly designed furniture in his apartment, or ugly generic flatware or tableware, or bad art, and not care much about it. Or here's one: sharp, expensively dressed person reading crap fiction on an airplane. I can hear people say, "well, I like to look...
A fascinating discussion. I like the philosophical crap especially. And I mean that in the loftiest sense possible. Thanks, especially to manton, for the insights. I'm also of the opinion that the religious analogy is illuminating only up to a point. It seems to me part of the problem with rules, and part of what has caused the quarrels here (apart from personal history), is that they're Janus-faced. On one hand, they're largely the result of convention and contingent...
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