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Your Summer House Essentials

  • Najib Benouar

Summer

Everyone needs a good summer hideaway.

It could be the family lake house, a weekend rental on the Cape or just a really summery corner of your sixth-floor walkup.

But to really make it feel right, you’ve got to have the right vibe—which, granted, is a little different if you’re summering near the sea versus a woodsy lake or river. So we’ve gone ahead and found some handsome appointments and setting-appropriate curios to properly equip your abode.

Here’s what you need to stock that summer shack of yours, depending on whether you’re heading inland or to the beach.»

Your 2013 Summer No-Reading List

  • Kempt Staff

Books

There’s nothing better than a good summer read—especially when it doesn’t require much actual reading.

You don’t need all of that flowery prose cluttering up your perfectly good beach weekend or scenic train ride upstate. What you need is a handsome book full of glossy pages you can breezily flip through at will. Whether it’s clever infographics with easily digestible tidbits, photos of interesting cultural phenomenon or just Paz de la Huerta wearing a lot of different wigs, there are plenty of new books out this season that make for ideal summer lounging companions.

So, herewith, the five new books to put on your summer no-reading list.»

The Kempt Five

  • Caitlin Ganswindt
  • Najib Benouar

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 most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.

Without further ado, here’s what’s on our minds this week.»

The Essence of Made in Maine, a Great Deal of Gatsby Covers and the Everyman’s Italian Suit

  • Kempt Staff

Shoes

Maine Objective: We can never resist more handsome shoes from Maine, and Well Spent has the scoop on the state’s latest homegrown shoemakers: New England Outwear Co.

OCD Button Down: Put This On has set out to extol the every virtue of oxford cloth button-down shirts—beginning with some history and some unapologetic gushing. (We trust they’ll do it justice.)

Cover Band: One man spent his entire life collecting 83 years’ worth of The Great Gatsby book covers and it’s one fantastic collection.

Badowers Meaning Good: Valet tracks down a lust-worthy Italian-made suit for under a grand in, of all places, Iowa.

The Benz Whisperers, Separating Fake from Real and the Hottest Cars from the New York Auto Show

  • Kempt Staff

New York Auto Show

A Fool No Longer: Your definitive guide to every April Fools’ Day prank on the Internet yesterday, courtesy of BuzzFeed.

Benz Whisperers: T Magazine discovers a boutique restoration company in California breathing new life into 40-year-old Mercedes coupes, sedans and wagons.

Timekeeper: A look at the new book on watchmaker George Daniels, the “godfather of mechanical movement.”

And Now: The 11 cars from the New York Auto Show that made Cool Material drool...

A Gentleman’s Guide to Dining Alone

  • Jason Wire

Dining Alone

Dinner plans: you’ve got ’em.

Tapas with friends. Family-style Italian feasts. Surf-and-turf date nights. Late-night tacos. Bottomless mimosa power brunches. All of which have one thing in common: other people.

Which, one could argue, is the entire point of eating. Hell, entire books have been written on this subject. But those who fear the company of no one are missing out on a truly noble and gratifying experience.

Which is why every once in a blue supermoon, it’s a good idea to dine alone. Not because you have to, but because you can. And just because you’ve chosen to spend the night in your own good company doesn’t mean microwavable burritos on your couch—in fact, we believe it should prompt the opposite.

And so allow us to present: the Gentleman’s Guide to Dining Alone.»

Cecilia Has Earned Her Wings

  • Kempt Staff

Cameo Filling: Grub Street celebrates the Twinkie with a movie montage of the snack cake’s impressive cinematic legacy. [Grub Street]

Airport Nachos: Details gets some excellent holiday travel advice from Mr. No Reservations himself, Anthony Bourdain. [Details]

From Taschen with Love: Driven gets a good-looking glimpse into the latest James Bond coffee-table book. [Driven]

It’s Dead... Whatever It Was: When taxidermy meets conceptual art. Who’s up for a bedazzled bobcat? [Bullett]

Keira Knightley Never Understood Sleeves

  • Kempt Staff

Table It: The 10 oversized books you should consider for yourself or anyone else you know who might already own a coffee table. [Highsnobiety]

Fast Backlash: An op-ed that makes the case against the new trend of fast fashion collaborations. [Business of Fashion]

Blitzkrieg Bop: Popular ladies’ e-commerce site Shopbop has set their sights on the menswear market. [Fashionista]

A Love Pentagon: To add to the ever-evolving bizarreness surrounding General Petraeus, Chuck Klosterman somehow found himself briefly caught in the eye of the storm—and lived to tell his story. [Grantland]

Today in Kempt News...

  • Kempt Staff

We’d like to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to remind you that the printed word is still alive and well—and to congratulate one of our own. Shawn Donnelly, our resident sports guru (especially on the matter of European soccer) can now add “published author” to his already gleaming resume of “Kempt contributor” and “all-around stand-up guy,” among other things.

His newly released book, Go Get That Scholarship!, written with Nate Mast, the director of basketball operations at Southern Illinois University, is a guide for high schoolers looking for a shot at playing college ball (also: a good stocking stuffer for the Hoosiers fanatic in your life). Of the book’s many nuggets of wisdom, our favorite is one from Kansas coach Bill Self, who explains why he doesn’t want to scout a player on his best day, but rather on a day when the cards aren’t falling his way. It’s a test of character that any modern man can take to heart.

Read the excerpt on Bill Self’s recruiting philosophy from Go Get That Scholarship! after the jump.»