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Cashin’ Out: Open Culture has found a dozen rare recordings from the music collaboration dreams are made of: Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. [Open Culture]

Less Is More: We suspected as much, but Bill Hader confirms that Tom Cruise in real life is a lot like Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder. [Vulture]

Man-Urs: Manchester United is filing for IPO—which means you can own part of one of the most storied franchises on earth. No word on if Old Trafford has a fractional-owners box. [Business Week]

Salute: In honor of Flag Day—yes, that’s today—you ought to brush up on your star-spangled history. (And then have a Bud Heavy.) [The Atlantic]

Simone Is Listening to the Flowers

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Notes on the decline of the American action film. It was all downhill after Total Recall. [NYTimes]

By the Calendar: Valet’s guide to the coming months—and the exact right moment to pick up a swimsuit. [Valet]

Home Is Where the Heart Is: If you’ve ever wanted to see what Johnny Cash’s bedroom looked like, this is your post. [Apartment Therapy]

The Tin Men and the Diner Boys: An oral history of Diner on the 30th anniversary of the film’s release. If you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. [Baltimore Magazine]

The Three Best Kinds of Letter

The well-written letter is a rare thing these days. Blame Outlook or the US Mail, but somewhere along the way, we lost touch with the simple pleasures of a pen rambling over paper.

For the rest of the week, our brothers-in-arms at UrbanDaddy Perks can hook you up with some handsome stationery from Terrapin—but we’re more concerned about the inspiration. To that end, we’ve put together three of our favorite letters of all time, and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Three letters to write right now»

Ana Beatriz Cannot Believe Herself

Red-Headed Stepchild: A book excerpt retells the Conan-Leno debacle with insider info, punchier dialogue and a few gratuitous sex scenes. [Vanity Fair]

Presented Without Comment: Gucci now makes $225 3D glasses, in aviator frames. We take no official position on this development. [Luxist]

Together At Last: A lost duet between Ray Charles and Johnny Cash finally escapes from the vault. [The Guardian]

The End of Prep: J.Press cashes in some branding cred for a limited line with Urban Outfitters. [Sartorially Inclined]

The List

We knew Johnny Cash was great, but it turns out his greatness reached much farther than we realized.

Exhibit A: this casual to-do list, apparently written as an in-joke between himself and his family, currently being auctioned off at Julien’s.

It might be the most self-effacing piece of memorabilia we’ve ever seen—and a pretty good guide to the simple life, if you ever decide to pursue that sort of thing. Even more impressively, they seem to think it’ll go for under $500, which makes for a pretty tempting deal. Just take it one piece at a time…

Johnny Cash, A Few Little Pieces, and Ebeneezer Hirst

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Being Johnny Cash: A user’s guide to dressing like Johnny Cash. [AskMen]

It’s a Shame About Wray: Esquire celebrates the polyvocal John Wray. Apparently he does a great Howard Cosell. [Esquire]

From Whence it Came: James Frey interns at Gawker, basically just to mess with them. [Gawker]

The Hirst who Stole Christmas: Together with this, he’s probably due to be visited by ghosts by now. Bah, humbug! [Hint]

Out in the Country

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Country music has had a rough time for the past twenty years or so, but once upon a time it was still raw, exciting, and entirely pure. Musicians came together at outdoor music parks, playing for whoever drove by. Regional sounds from Nashville, Tennessee; Bakersfield, California; and Lubbock, Texas mixed together to create a uniquely American sound that changed from state to state.

Some of it got recorded, but the vast majority of the acts were lost forever, aside from a few memories and a few old photographs.

Leon Kagarise recorded more than 4000 hours of it, but he also took more than a few pictures, and he’s put the snaps together into a photo-primer on the style of the time, called Pure Country. Anyone who’s ever looked up to Johnny Cash or George Jones could learn a thing or two from it. These were the original rock stars.

Our pick of the pictures»

Johnny, Hyden, and Tom

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Basement Tapes: The lost Johnny Cash/Bob Dylan album, courtesy of your techno-libertarian friends at BoingBoing. [Boing Boing]

The Master Speaks: A true trad weighs in on the slipper craze. [A Suitable Wardrobe]

Yoo Hoo: An interview with Hyden Yoo, including his take on being the only designer to have eaten bugs to get where he is. [Valet Mag]

Glory Days: Esquire sidles up to the bar, orders a double bourbon, and reminisces about the good old days…by reprinting its seven best stories, including entries from Norman Mailer, Tom Wolfe, and Gay Talese. [Esquire]