Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category


December 30, 2010

In Harper’s Magazine for January 2011 (p. 17)

a September 2010 open letter to French president Nicolas Sarkozy by the Committee for the Defense of Versailles concerning an exhibition of work by the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami at the palace last fall.

signed by Pierre Charie-Marsaines, Honorary President, and Arnauld-Aaron Upinsky, President. A piece of hysterical outrage,


The men’s underwear book

December 24, 2010

Just arrived: Shaun Cole’s The Story of Men’s Underwear (Parkstone Press, 2010), a serious culural history for a general audience, lavishly illustrated — in the vein of Alice Harris’s The White T (1996) and James Sullivan’s Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon (2006) and a number of books on women’s underwear. The cover:

Seems to cover all the bases, including a lengthy final chapter on “The Big Sell: Underwear Advertising” (with commentary on the themes taken up in my underwear postings here). With a glossary, footnotes, and a considerable bibliography.


Draper Barbie

August 10, 2010

It  was bound to happen. Barbie came out in 1959, and Mad Men is set in the 1960s: