The Fourth of July is so close, we can nearly taste it.
And we’ve always been of the mind that when it comes to dressing for the most patriotic day of the year, you’ve got permission to get loud. Therefore, to fully commit to the spirit of the day, we’ve rounded up your finest options for donning an all red, white and blue kit—made entirely in the good old US of A, naturally.
Chances are, you’re reading this at work, since chances are, your boss is about as ambivalent to Columbus Day as, well, the rest of us. We wouldn’t go so far as to call it a bullshit holiday, though we know a couple Native Americans who would.
If you happen to be in Manhattan, though, you might find some degree of relevance today by scaling six stories and kicking back in Tatzu Nishi’s Discovering Columbus, designed to provide up close and stoic views of the iconic statue of Christopher Columbus that has peered over Manhattan’s most renowned circle since 1892.
Or you could just call it another Monday and start thinking about lunch.
They’re calling it “The Miracle of Medinah”—one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, as Europe snuck the Ryder Cup away from the Americans, who had dominated the competition for most of the weekend.
It ended with Martin Kaymer jumping into the arms of his teammates, the singsong “Olé, olé, olé”echoing across Medinah Country Club.
A hat tip to the boys across the pond. But for God’s sake, it’s time to update that factory, son...
Maybe Not #4: Nick Offerman gives his list of the 25 most American things you can do today. (Or any day you please. It's a free country.) [GQ]
If You Must Photograph the Fireworks: The photographers at National Geographic have some handy tips. [NatGeo]
Sound of the Union: There has been an impressive number of odes to each state of America—here are the 50 best. [Esquire]
Go Fourth: We’re taking a patriotic moment of silence on Kempt tomorrow, to allow you to get out there and enjoy all of the greatness this country has to offer (namely, grilled meats and lager) without missing us too badly. We'll see you back here on Thursday, singed eyebrows or not.
We’re already gearing up for America’s birthday party tomorrow—for the past few days, we’ve been stoking the grill and tractor-beaming on anything with stars and stripes.
So naturally, we were more than pleased to stumble upon this masterpiece celebrating both America and menswear bearing a tuxedo, stars and stripes. It’s one of the standouts from the menswear-inspired paintings of Canadian artiste Sam Shuter, and it’s still a work in progress (hence, we’ve only got the black-and-white preview). But tomorrow, after some finishing touches, she’s unveiling the work of art in full red-white-and-black-tie splendor—so you’ll want to tune in.
This is going to be one handsome Independence Day.
We love our country, but we loathe “God Bless America.”
More specifically, we are vehemently opposed to the compulsory singing of the patriotic anthem 1918 showtune from Yip Yip Yaphank! at baseball games. (Yes, “God Bless America” is a showtune, and one that its author, Irving Berlin, cut from Yip! after two performances because he disliked it so much.)
Okay, we’ll admit it: we’ve been on a bit of an acetate-induced bender lately. But, hey, it’s beautiful out. And just when we thought we’d gotten over our rekindled UV-rated enthusiasm, these stunners popped into our mailbox.
Behold, this week’s sunglasses infatuation: Yankee Eyewear.
We try not to write too much about politics, the military or women’s pants, but there’s a change coming to our armed forces and we can no longer remain silent. We’re talking, of course, about the military’s respect for large posteriors. And we’re pleased to say, that respect is growing.
The U.S. Army is currently testing a new women’s combat uniform with specific alterations for the female form. In particular, “more material... to accommodate the buttocks,” in the words of one designer. In short, it’s a victory of the indomitable female form over the baggy, shapeless military bureaucracy. And at the risk of sounding partisan, we’ll say this victory’s overdue.
This is the latest—and probably last—installment of The World Cup According to Kempt™, our series on the stuff that really matters at this summer’s tournament in South Africa.
You might have heard: the World Cup is over. (Spoiler alert.) Spain won. So that’s it, right? Wrong. There’s still a lot of great soccer to be played—and watched. And believe it or not, a lot of it will take place in the U.S. over the next month, when some of Europe’s finest club teams come over here to do a little preseason sparring (and sell a planeload of jerseys). If you’re itching to catch some live soccer, here are five—no, ten—fantastic opportunities.
State of the Union: Esquire rounds up interviewees' thoughts on the nation. God Bless America. And Alyssa Milano. [Esquire]
Loving Cup: Is Bill Simmons the Manchurian Soccer Candidate? [Page2]
Big Time: Big Boi's new solo album is streaming now. To remind you why you should take heed, he’s put together a retrospective of his finer lyrical moments entitled Big Boi MixTape For Dummies. [LATimes]
Mad Hype:Mad Men wardrobe designer Janie Bryant heads to the costume truck, giving a sneak peek at the upcoming season’s looks. Draper’s suits will be getting darker, to match his storyline. Should prove challenging, since he’s already living a pretty charcoal life. [AMC]
We’re not usually much for coin collecting, but the latest plans for the penny just caught our eye.
Starting this year, you’ll start to see pennies with this symbol on their back half, thanks to some timely nostalgia at the U.S. Mint—and we couldn’t be happier. The symbol in the middle, far and away our favorite part, is called the Union Shield. It dates back to the 1780s, and you can see a few of them around the frescoes of the Capitol if you're the touring kind, making it one of the cooler retro revivals of the year so far.
We’ve never been thrilled about the flag pin revival of the 00s, but if everyone threw these on their lapels (this one, for instance), we would definitely be game.