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Pancake Sentiments and Porsche-ing Through the Snow

  • Kempt Staff


Panned: On the occasion of yesterday’s National Pancake Day, Slate explores the food’s inextricable link to breakfast.

Dr. Zoice: The Week counts down the 11 words you probably didn’t even realize you were mispronouncing. (You are.)

Nordic Tracks: One man. One 1966 Porsche 911. And the majestic expanse of Norway’s North Cape.

Characters Wanted: Bench & Loom’s Men of Character series reminds us why guys like Sir Edmund Hillary and Tazio Nuvolari are still considered icons to this day.

Nimue Smit Has Misplaced Her Watch

  • Kempt Staff

Picking Apples, Making Tracks: Our friends at Driven make a compelling case for grabbing the nearest Porsche 550 Spyder and heading upstate. [Driven]

Well Timed: Esquire introduces us to the man behind Burberry’s new aficionado-grade watch. [Esquire]

Pocket Square Mail: The 15 monthly subscription services you (or a lucky giftee) should know about. [Mashable]

What About Bill: “Bill Murray is the embodiment of the #YOLO phenomenon.” Vulture follows him on the strange odyssey that he calls life. [Vulture]

We Can’t Wait for Flag Day

Americavia YHBTI

Censored Content: Have we started designing browsers explicitly for porn? The latest version of Chrome suggests that we are. [Buzzfeed]

My Fellow Americans: The coltish Mr. Springsteen’s latest lyrics have been recut into a stump speech. [Vulture]

The Carter Family: Some early looks from Greg Chapman's H. W. Carter line. Very nice. [Selectism]

One Last Convertible: And finally, a 1955 Porsche Spyder. [Driven]

Scarlett Johansson Would Like Some Aspirin, Please

Scarlett Johanssonvia GQ

In the Shade: Warby Parker gets in on the sunglass game. [All the Rage]

Car Safety: How a gentleman saved his vintage Porsche from flooding by placing it on an enormous balloon. [Jalopnik]

Charleston Style: Sitting down with Social Primer’s K. Cooper Ray (a former MOTH). The money quote: “The fashion crowd usually sees somebody in a blue blazer and a bow tie and thinks you are raising money for the GOP.” [Gilt]

And Just Because It’s Friday: A rolling compendium of every joke Jerry Seinfeld has ever told. [Jerry Seinfeld]

McQueen's Machine

  • Jared Paul Stern


Buried among the multimillion dollar Ferraris, Bugattis and Lamborghinis at this past weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and Gooding & Co.'s concurrent auction was a little piece of automotive history belonging to one Steve McQueen..

The King of Cool's 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera (above), in an understated shade of slate gray, was the car the actor drove daily for the last years of his tragically short life. While nothing like his older Jaguar XK-SS and Ferrari 250 Lusso, both of which sold for millions in years past, the Porsche—which was hammered down for a measly $137,000—is somehow a more authentic, poignant relic of the once and future King.

Long Live The King

  • Jared Paul Stern

mcqueen_crop.jpgPhoto © MPTV / Richard Miller, courtesy Pavilion Books

We won't waste a lot of words here telling you just how fucking cool Steve McQueen was.

If you've been paying attention you already know all about it, and if not, well, that's OK too, but let your education begin with the most stylish damn book to muscle its way onto our desk this season: *Steve McQueen: A Life in Pictures*.

The first thing that sets it apart from the pack is the sheer size of the thing; at 10” x 12” the level of detail, sartorial and otherwise, is simply incandescent. Above, by way of example, is a snap of the King of Cool in one of his Porsches at the Riverside Raceway circuit in '59.

Just one though—we don't want to overload you….

McQueen's Machines

  • Jared Paul Stern

Steve McQueen

Sixties star Steve McQueen's rugged sportiness, authenticity and innate good taste are such that the likes of Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors have built whole collections around his stylistic legacy (yes, he's the reason you're wearing that shawl-collared sweater).

They and other fashion folk routinely pore over photos of the “King of Cool” for inspiration. And while a superb new book of pix—*McQueen's Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon*—focuses

mainly on his automotive pursuits, they were such a major part of the actor's panache this one's no doubt destined for designers' libraries as well.

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