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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sep 23 2011

Emily Post Friday: The Fabrics of Food


In honor of the long lost Internet tradition Cat Picture Friday, I bring you the wise words of my own favorite feline, Emily Post. Excerpted from her Blue Book of Social Usage, which hails from a time much like our own—1950—when unwed couples required chaperones to travel and new brides worried about throwing a dinner party with only one servant.

Today the doyenne of doily culture gives us a lesson in daytime table linens. Time to part with your Crate & Barrel candle centerpiece and get out your grandma’s lacy slips! (I swear.)

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Sep 16 2011

The Poetry of Danielle Steel: Bonus Track

This week on the Hairpin I delved into Danielle Steel’s poetic opus, Love, published by Dell in 1984. There were too many amazing poems that didn’t make it in. Herewith, “Ball of Yarn.” But if you want to experience the full force of D. Steel’s literary stylings, you’ll just have to find the book!

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Sep 9 2011

Emily Post Friday: Gentlemen and Bundles


In honor of the long lost Internet tradition Cat Picture Friday, I bring you the wise words of my own favorite feline, Emily Post. Excerpted from her Blue Book of Social Usage, which hails from a time much like our own—1950—when unwed couples required chaperones to travel and new brides worried about throwing a dinner party with only one servant.

The index of The Blue Book—which, at 635 pages, is no light read—includes this entry:

gentleman, and bundles, 58

What does it say? Well, for starters, it will explode every preconceived notion you ever thoughtlessly entertained about bundle carrying and its boundaries, which turn out to be both rigid and wardrobe specific.

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Sep 4 2011

Architectural Record: The ‘New’ New York Apartment

In a special issue devoted to New York, “The Death and Life of a Great American City,” Record’s editors consider how the past decade has shaped the city.

I contributed a roundup of New York residential buildings to a section exploring the New New York Apartment House. Yes, there’s plenty to fuel the wood-burning fires of Manhattan lease envy, from Jean Nouvel’s glass-encrusted stunner to Neil Denari’s nearly completed urban treehouse, HL23—essentially a glass-encased live-in viewing platform over the High Line. But the city’s architects are also giving affordable housing a makeover. In Brownsville, Brooklyn, Jonathan Kirschenfeld thinks outside the matchbox, bathing the residences at the Domenech in light from an interior courtyard. And in East Brooklyn, Alexander Gorlin’s modular take on the traditional row house brings affordable design to East Brooklyn.

Here’s the whole section.
 

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