The Kempt Five
Every Wednesday we’re giving you a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick. We call it: The Kempt Five.
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. “A colleague of mine who’s a huge Don Rickles fan recently suggested that I check the old Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts from back in the ’70s (of which Rickles was often Roastmaster). While most of the jokes were way too far over my head/out of my time, it’s incredible to watch an insult humor fest go down between Orson Welles, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, Barry Goldwater—and that’s less than half of the list of this one single roast. Well worth a solo trip down the YouTube rabbit hole.” —J.W.
Speaking of Analog Maps. “You may have caught our new batch of Must-Haves pop up last week. If not, it’s really good stuff, go ahead, click over, I’ll wait… All right, so when it comes to picking up your analog map: sure, a regional fold-out from your local travel shop or AAA will do, but let me recommend springing for a good ole Rand McNally Road Atlas. Mine has definitely come in handy over the years—especially when navigating a few pre-iPhone-era cross-country drives all the way back in the long-forgotten past of… the summer of 2007. (Okay, the iPhone was around, I just couldn’t get rid of my BlackBerry because I was extremely wary of anything without buttons. To this day still, I rarely wear a T-shirt.) Anyhow, pick one of these up, tuck it somewhere in your car—or in your dedicated weekender bag—and it’ll be ready for you anytime you’re looking for some good old-fashioned adventure. Or if your phone dies.” —N.B.
Rowing Blazers. “In a 255-page deep dive, Jack Carlson documents the tradition behind this physical manifestation of oarsmen achievement. Starting with the Winklevoss twins in the Harvard Boathouse to the UK, Holland and back—it’s a kind of almanac of iconic regatta flair. As far as niche menswear coffee-table books go, it’s right up there with Take Ivy.” —C.G.
Green Acres Farm and Bakery Pies. “I don’t care how. I don’t care when. But get yourself to Middle-of-Nowhere, NY, (actually Hudson) and get yourself some pie. These guys make ’em fresh every morning, with fresh ingredients from their namesake farm. The point is: fresh. Eat it hot in your car, or take it home and feast on pie for a few days. Or both.” —P.L.U.
Mark as Unread. “Sometimes it’s the little things. Say you’re out and maybe you’ve had a few, and for reasons that seem silly in retrospect, you decide to check your work email. You open an important message and realize you’re in no condition to craft an intelligible response. Mark that shit unread and deal with it first thing in the morning. After coffee…” —A.P.B.
— Najib Benouar
— Andrew Paine Bradbury
— Caitlin Ganswindt
— Paul L. Underwood
— Jason Wire