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Slobbery as snobbery - really recommended reading

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jay Dowle, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Jay Dowle

    Jay Dowle Active Member

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    Please can I recommend this article by Theodore Dalrymple on the Takimag site as excellent, thought-provoking reading. It begins:

    'Walking through Amsterdam recently, a paradox that I had long noticed in an inchoate way formulated itself clearly in my mind. It was this: A century ago, there would have been one clothes shop for every hundred well-dressed people. Nowadays there is one well-dressed person (if that) for every hundred clothes shops. What accounts for this strange reversal of ratios?

    Please share this article by using the link below. When you cut and paste an article, Taki's Magazine misses out on traffic, and our writers don't get paid for their work. Email editors@takimag.com to buy additional rights.

    http://takimag.com/article/slobbery_as_snobbery_theodore_dalrymple/print#ixzz34nn4Q7cl
     
  2. Fuuma

    Fuuma Senior member

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    Hahaha, yet another misadapted e-gentleman, lamenting the end of times that never existed, back when everyone was elegant and men were men. It is hilarious how people who don't understand current coding think they'd have fared better in other times.

    The part about "fat west african women" is A+++


    note: I'm assuming it is a real Dalrymple article but what a fuckwad anyway if it isn't.
     
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  3. Jay Dowle

    Jay Dowle Active Member

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    Oh dear. I thought it was rather good. Perhaps I too don't understand current 'coding'. In fact I don't know what 'coding' means in this context. Can you explain?
     
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    Fuuma Senior member

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    If you look at current ways of dressing and, more specifically, high-end shops in Amsterdam (as per the article) and all you see is an ocean of sloppy distressing then you have absolutely no ability to naviguate the different styles, the grey sludge isn't on people's back but in your ignorant mind.

    It might be worth mentioning that the author also has an agenda as he is a conservative crusader lamenting the current state of western culture.
     
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    CTBrummie Senior member

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    Some of the comments under the article are a little close to the knuckle...
     
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    I wouldn't pay for anything to do with Taki. Terrible man.
     
  7. Jojo Lapin X

    Jojo Lapin X Well-Known Member

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    I think he means that whereas the author thinks standards have disappeared altogether, they have in reality only changed, as they have continuously throughout history. To get along in society, you need to understand what is currently expected of you. For example, while tattoos used to be associated with seamen and criminals, today you cannot get a job at a bank without them, as you would be considered untrustworthy.
     
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    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I learn something new about banks every day...
     
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    dieworkwear Senior member

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    I learn something new about seamen every day.
     
  10. Jojo Lapin X

    Jojo Lapin X Well-Known Member

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    We should all make it our ambition, I think, to learn something new every day.
     
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    I wonder how many guys with tattoos work at seamen banks.
     

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