Ash and Smoke: A fond farewell to the man who made the cigar what it is today—Edgar Cullman of Macanudo. [NYTimes]

The Dance Off: Critical thoughts on the bizarre pageant that was the VMAs. That was easily the second-worst thing Chris Brown has ever done. [Vulture]

The Illustrious Return: GQ arrives with the second half of Ian Velardi’s victory lap, spring and summer. The jumpsuit may look familiar… [GQ]

Well Chosen: If you’re in New York, you may want to stop by this Scoop sale for up to 80% off finds like Etro and Shipley & Halmos. [The Choosy Beggar]

—R.B.

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