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Spielberg Takes On Napoleon, Meeting Hemingway’s Nemesis and Menswear Gets Knocked Off

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Barnaby Conrad

After Abe: Reports are surfacing that Steven Spielberg’s next massive filmic undertaking will be repurposing Stanley Kubrick’s famously beleaguered Napoleon biopic.

Barnaby’s Jones: A chance meeting with Barnaby Conrad, the “bon vivantiest bon vivant writer” and bullfighter (and thorn in Hemingway’s side) makes for some fantastic yarn-spinning.

Willie’s World: If you weren’t already impressed by Put This On’s eBay-scouring skills, get a load of this trove of vintage menswear they found, owned by former SF mayor Willie Brown.

For the Soggy Gentleman: Four Pins uncovers menswear’s most impressive/egregious knockoff site—replete with faux Isaia choral pins.

Stanley Kubrick’s Loose Snapshots

Stanley Kubrick

Before Stanley Kubrick got into film, he made his bones shooting pictures for LOOK Magazine—and now, a batch of the photos are hitting the market, courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York, shot between 1945 and 1950. His main subject was the nooks and crannies of New York, from boxers to carnival barkers to street kids, all shot with his famous eye for surreal compositions. We’ve thrown together a few of our favorites after the jump.

Take a look at Stanley Kubrick’s early photos»

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The Eye in the Sky: A crop of Chicago photos from Stanley Kubrick, before he was Stanley Kubrick. [Flavorwire]

Red Laundry: How to sew up a communist spacesuit, in case you needed a weekend project. [Gizmodo]

Rabbit, Run: Life lessons from the 1968 Playboy Club bunny manual. Note the dance steps, in particular. [The Hairpin]

Alone in the Dark


As the saying goes, writing about music is a lot like dancing about architecture. When you’re dealing with intensely visual directors, writing about movies isn’t much better. Most of the time, you’d do better telling the story in pictures.

Taschen has been doing just that, telling stories through notes, production stills, and frame englargements. Their most recent edition for Stanley Kubrick takes a tour from his early noir trappings—especially the overlooked *Killer’s Kiss*—through the immersive, dreamlike approach that made him famous.

His frames also make better coffee table fodder than any other Hollywood director we could name, which matters a lot more than you’d think.

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