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The Barbershop Book


All things change except barbers, the ways of barbers, and the surroundings of barbers. These never change. —Mark Twain

Jay Seldin gets it. His new tome, The Barbershop Book, is a sort of No Reservations-style look at barbershops in some of the most remote corners of India, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Haiti and Cuba. Seldin, an “environmental portrait photographer,” steps out of the way and lets the grooming rituals do the talking. The Barbershop Book is a fascinating glimpse into one of man’s oldest and most common rituals: a haircut and shave at the local barbershop—some of which boast nothing more than a wooden plank, a semi-sharp blade and a couple of chickens frolicking about.

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Seldin about The Barbershop Book...»

A Familiar Face


The fine folks who brought us the Umbuster have apparently stayed busy. But this time around it’s a more sartorial accomplishment.

Sruli Recht’s latest bowtie (via Josh Spear) claims to draw on Laotian textile secrets, but we’ll believe it when we see it. In fact, a more plausible source of inspiration (especially for the white piping) is Thom Browne’s work for the Hives, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Now that we think about it, we were looking for a place to pick up one of those…

More Nude Moss, Karolina’s Smooth Belly, and Hitting it Big in Laos


It’ll Last Longer: The market for nude photographs of Kate Moss has not been affected by the recession. Maybe she should get her own commodity market? [Luxist]

Navel Affairs: Karolina Kurkova sparks a nascent no-navel pride movement. We can’t wait for the movie version. [Jezebel]

Laotian Idol: The path to Laotian pop stardom may be shorter than you think. [L.A. Weekly]

Cover Your Heart!: Retiring or no, Anna Wintour will still devour your soul. [Gawker]