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The New Yorker Archive’s Five Best Style Reads

  • Kempt Staff


We mentioned this a couple weeks ago when it happened, but we finally had some time to really dig deep into the newly unveiled New Yorker Archive recently and found a handful of stylish reads.

From Capote profiling Brando in 1957 to a 2010 visit to the Prince of Solomeo, otherwise known as Brunello Cucinelli, here are the five handsomest long-reads from the New Yorker Archive...»

The Gravedigging Beat


This month’s Vanity Fair features a windy trot through the remains of Marilyn Monroe’s estate, in the name of unraveling the “mystery of Marilyn’s death.” There are a few Kennedy love letters, one from T.S. Eliot (!?), and a whole lot of morbid fetishism, courtesy of writer Sam Kashner. (The curious can find a full web-only accounting here.) Of course, the media loves a dead blonde, but this is more unseemly than usual.

Monroe’s death is only a mystery the way JFK’s death is a mystery. When a corpse is found surrounded by sleeping pills, you don’t have to reach too far for the truth. Monroe was an orphan, and struggled all her life with what Arthur Miller described (in a far superior VF article) as “the bottomless loneliness that no parented person can really know”, so her suicide not as inexplicable as Kashner would have us believe. The real shock is how blind most writers have been to her real, human problems.

We're looking at you, Truman»

The End of the Gentleman, a New Beginning for Bond and Bacon Bits


Broad Range: Radha Mitchell has done indie flicks and Vin Diesel movies, so you know she's flexible. [Esquire]

Endangered Species: Is the Gentleman in short supply? [Times UK]

Flavor of Love: After 10,000 years of history, Man perfects salt... with bacon. [Uncrate]

So Tru: Capote and Sinatra take up residence at Dunhill. [Men.Style]

Deal Alert: Bargains on Band of Outsiders, Cheap Monday and Shipley & Halmos at The News. [Racked]