The Kempt Five
Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So, welcome to our newest and most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.
Without further ado: here’s what’s on our minds this week.
Roger Sterling in Season 6 of Mad Men: “Sure, Bob Benson had the intrigue and the novelty. Sure, Don Draper’s the (occasionally hollow) center of the show. Sure, Stan Rizzo’s beard is a thing of majesty. But for me, Roger is the guy I most look forward to seeing every week. We saw far too little of him this year, but when we did—cracking wise to his therapist and at Hollywood parties, wearing some fantastic glen plaid suits and one fantastic-er navy blazer, observing that experiences are ‘just some pennies you pick up off the floor and stick in your pocket’—it was invariably a delight.” —P.L.U.
The Mets Pitching Staff: “I can’t claim the Metropolitans as my true team (that’d be the Twins). But my adopted hometown team has more to be excited about since David Wright and Jose Reyes debuted about a decade ago: two young pitchers who have fans dreaming of the next Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. Zack Wheeler excelled in his debut last week, and Matt Harvey has been dominant all season. The duo make back-to-back starts at Citi Field this weekend; I’ll see you there.” —P.L.U.
ToyWatch Vintage Chrono: “For the past few years, I’ve been admiring from afar what the Italian watch brand ToyWatch has been doing: reinterpreting the classics with new clever twists—like their monochrome ‘plasteramic’ Submariners—in a way that takes the watches beyond the realm of uninspired knockoff into clever homage. But I did a double-take when I noticed this red-registered chronograph from their recently launched Vintage Collection. It shows some serious vintage-watch-aficionado cred with its unmistakable nod to the legendary Rolex Daytona favored by Paul Newman, all the way down to the squared markers, domed crystal and period-correct smaller case size. The twist: while Rolex made their contrasting dials in black and white—sometimes referred to as a panda dial—ToyWatch opted for a totally unexpected red. Which is not only a cool move, but also seems worthy of its own moniker: the red panda.” —N.B.
Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax: “Last weekend, I went hiking in the Presidential Range in New Hampshire with a few friends from college. Being that this was the first time I’d been above the tree line with the sun overhead (I have a bad habit of hiking on rainy days), I brought a bottle of champagne and some brie to celebrate, and we made a nice little scene of it when we got to the peak. But next thing we know, a bunch of Appalachian Trail through-hikers stop and join the fun, and one of them whips out a copy of The Lorax that he’s been hiking with since he started on the trail in Maine a few weeks prior. Might I just say, I have never heard a more impassioned reading of a Dr. Seuss book about conservationism. And in such an idyllic setting. I’ve been inspired to recycle and plant trees ever since. There are worse things.” —S.P.
The New Video for the Arctic Monkeys Single “Do I Wanna Know?”: “… dropped last week, and it’s a hypnotic kind of fantastic. The song itself has a smoother, richer sound than their earlier stuff circa Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. The video plays into the melodic bass, acting as a map of sound frequency interspersed with a sort of comic-strip storyline. Makes me pine for the grungy ’90s eloquence of MTV.” —C.G.
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