RIP Roger Ebert
A great bar is a magical thing. But aside from a few Replacements songs, no one’s really captured the rare mix of folklore and social gamesmanship you’ll find there. So we thought we’d dig up this fantastic Roger Ebert piece on O’Rourke’s in Chicago, which captures it as well as anyone has. If you were wondering what to look for in a watering hole, here’s what you should be aiming for.
The essay’s a few years old, but the nostalgia has aged beautifully. In its heyday, O’Rourke’s regulars included John Belushi, Studs Terkel and a 300-pound antiquities professor named “Al the Greek”—so it makes for a lively read. Wistful too: Ebert stopped drinking in ’79 and O’Rourke’s changed locations in the early 90s, losing much of its scene in the process. Raise a glass, gentlemen.
Ready For Her Close Up: Jennifer Lawrence gets the Quarterly treatment. [GQ]
Ambition Personified: Roger Ebert makes a powerful play for a new gig as a New Yorker cartoon writer. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Spring Break: Peroni gives the greatest gift of all: allowing you to pretend you’re at Lake Como right now. [Trendland]
First, Zip Your Fly: A raft of always-welcome date etiquette tips from the Brits at Mien. [MIEN]
The Internet is On Fire: As you may have heard, some pretty scary internet privacy stuff is happening right now, specifically surround a program called Firesheep. Here’s how to keep yourself protected. [Boing Boing]
Rabbit Redux: Roger Ebert, the wise grandfather of the internet, descends to mount an impassioned defense of Hugh Hefner. Good stuff. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Sharpee Art: David Shrigley is the coolest person ever. [World’s Best Ever]
Loom Porn: Another day, another throwback denim line. 14 ounces of glory, people. [The Bengal Stripe]
One of the big upshots of Roger Ebert’s ongoing victory lap is all the cool stuff he’s managed to dig up from his files. Case in point: his never-filmed script for a Sex Pistols movie, newly posted after more than 30 years of sitting in a file cabinet somewhere. It’s no Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but he still managed to invent a dance called “The Grapple” and concoct a junk-fueled love scene between Sid Vicious and his mother. We eagerly await the condensed YouTube reenactment.
All Sparkles: An outsider editorial bears fruit. [TheOnes2Watch]
A Man in Full: The internet seems to have an inexhaustible supply of “Roger Ebert: Class Act” stories. In this chapter, he faces snark and beats it back with sorrowful resolve. [Deadspin]
No More Pleats: A gentleman’s guide to the chino. [Put This On]
Rampaging Junk Syndrome: Pondering the appropriate disease name for the Tiger Woodses of the world. [GOOD]
Contemplating the Ifs: If anyone puts together an indecision-themed editorial spread, definitely let us know. [Fashion Gone Rogue]
Brother to Brother: There’s a sea change underway at Brooks Brothers. Unfortunately, it’s happening behind a paywall. [WWD]
The Last Word: Ebert responds to the fantastic Esquire profile. [Chicago Sun Times]
The New Phone Company: If you have an Android phone, you should probably take a look at this. [The Official Google Blog]
We’re Guessing It’s Medical: Vice distills its entire appeal into seven photographs. Naturally, they’re NSFW. [Vice]
On the Field: An insider’s look at the spectacularly preppy Gant by Michael Bastian show. [Valet]
A Man in Full: Roger Ebert stares down death. Rare stuff, here. [Esquire]
The Changing of the Guard: There is now a third kind of phone you have to care about. Consider yourself notified. [Gizmodo]