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The Month in Pictures: July

  • Kempt Staff

July in review

July, we hardly knew ya. And while it might have felt like the month just flew by in a tropical-drink-fueled, red-white-and-blue blur, we’d like to take a moment to remember some of the more handsome moments. So we’re firing up the Kempt DeLorean and taking a quick drive down recent-memory lane in this month-ending recap we like to call...

The Month in Pictures.»

Wax On, Wax Off: How to Fix Up After a Candle Spill

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Wax spills

Here at Kempt HQ, we often receive letters from our readers—most of it adoring fan mail, but every so often we get a nude photo. Also every so often we get an inquiry from a wayward soul who we feel compelled to answer...

Thanks in part to your advice over the years, I was able to find and get a very handsome suit that was at the top level of my budget. And then, in its debut outing (at a wedding), some knucklehead knocked over a candle near me, which (of course!) managed to spill hot wax all over my trousers and shoes (not new, but still). Now what? Is the cost sunk? Can I at least write it off on my taxes?

Great to hear our words have guided you to the perfect suit; quite tragic that such a sartorial victory was followed by a real-life verse on irony. But this doesn’t necessarily mean a total loss. There are a few things you can try.

Starting with...»

Your 2013 Summer No-Reading List

  • Kempt Staff


There’s nothing better than a good summer read—especially when it doesn’t require much actual reading.

You don’t need all of that flowery prose cluttering up your perfectly good beach weekend or scenic train ride upstate. What you need is a handsome book full of glossy pages you can breezily flip through at will. Whether it’s clever infographics with easily digestible tidbits, photos of interesting cultural phenomenon or just Paz de la Huerta wearing a lot of different wigs, there are plenty of new books out this season that make for ideal summer lounging companions.

So, herewith, the five new books to put on your summer no-reading list.»

Icon: Jack London

  • Najib Benouar

Jack London

In the long, proud bloodline of gritty journalists—the Hemingways, the S. Thompsons of the literary world—there was the original: Jack London.

In 1897, at age 21, he sailed to the Klondike in search of gold, and instead of finding a fortune, he picked up a near-fatal case of scurvy. Returning to his native Northern California a little worse for wear and a few teeth lighter, he picked up the pen and never looked back. (As you’d imagine, a running theme in his writings was man versus wild.) For all the love the Gold Rush era gets from the Americana set, there aren’t too many faces that can be put to the name—just anonymous beards and dusty overalls—but Jack London was there, in the thick of it. Looking quite stylish, for the most part.

Celebrating the man who answered The Call of the Wild in five iconic photos.»

Gay Talese on Well-Tailored Journalism, Filmic Watering Holes and Dressing Like Tintin

  • Kempt Staff


Honor Thy Tailor: Gay Talese explains how being a good writer is like being a good tailor: “make the stitching last.”

Drink It In: Ten iconic cinematic bars Cool Material would like to have a drink at—we’ll get the next round.

Tin Can: Todd Snyder finds some inspiration in Tintin’s international gumshoe cartoon style.

Eye Opening: GQ visits the brand-new minimalist eyewear shop from Garrett Leight that’s bright enough to make you want to wear sunglasses indoors.

Gentlemanly Poets, Charting the Strokes and Buzz Bissinger Goes Off the Shallow End

  • Kempt Staff

The Strokes

Cultured Club: The three poets every man should read, courtesy of Barack Obama’s inaugural poet Richard Blanco and Men’s Journal.

Different Strokes: Grantland tracks the career arc of the Strokes as they release their latest album (coincidentally, a Spring Must-Have).

Gucci Main: Buzz Bissinger, Friday Night Lights author, delves into his deepest, darkest, shallowest obsession: Gucci.

“In” Box: Men’s Health makes the case for upgrading your digital lifestyle the same way you would your clothes and furniture.

Winning Valentine’s Day: The Love Letter

  • Jason Wire

You know what the greatest Valentine’s gift of all time is? A fully loaded, pearl-white Ferrari made of roses.

But giving the same gift two years in a row would just be tacky. So this year you’re turning back the clock and winning Valentine’s Day the old-fashioned way: by writing a thoughtful, heart-melting and perfectly legible love letter.

Herewith: the Kempt Guide to Writing a Goddamn Stupendous Love Letter.»

Today in Kempt News...

  • Kempt Staff

We’d like to take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to remind you that the printed word is still alive and well—and to congratulate one of our own. Shawn Donnelly, our resident sports guru (especially on the matter of European soccer) can now add “published author” to his already gleaming resume of “Kempt contributor” and “all-around stand-up guy,” among other things.

His newly released book, Go Get That Scholarship!, written with Nate Mast, the director of basketball operations at Southern Illinois University, is a guide for high schoolers looking for a shot at playing college ball (also: a good stocking stuffer for the Hoosiers fanatic in your life). Of the book’s many nuggets of wisdom, our favorite is one from Kansas coach Bill Self, who explains why he doesn’t want to scout a player on his best day, but rather on a day when the cards aren’t falling his way. It’s a test of character that any modern man can take to heart.

Read the excerpt on Bill Self’s recruiting philosophy from Go Get That Scholarship! after the jump.»

In Wolfe’s Clothing

  • Najib Benouar

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that the literary lion-in-winter that is Tom Wolfe hasn’t been a dapper octogenarian his entire life. So on the occasion of his new book Back to Blood releasing today, Vanity Fair previewed an excerpt and dug up a photo of him from nearly 50 years ago (1966)—and he, miraculously, is wearing the same exact white three-piece suit he’s never seen without (we’re convinced he even sleeps in it). It’s a testament to having an unwavering sense of personal style—and to sticking with what works. It’s still working, sir. Bravo.

Andrew McCarthy Hates Sweatpants

  • Sarah Sung

Actor. Brat Packer. Lover of mannequins. And these days... travel writer. Andrew McCarthy’s second act has taken him to such far-flung places as Kilimanjaro, Bhutan and... San Francisco, where we (and our brothers at UrbanDaddy San Francisco) caught up with him on tour for his new book, The Longest Way Home.

Naturally, we asked him about sweatpants, his former costars and his favorite international drinking ritual...»

Juju Ivanyuk Just Wants to Dance

  • Kempt Staff

Street Style of Yore: Some menswear lessons to be learned from pre-WWII postcards depicting some surprisingly dapper fellows. [Permanent Style]

Far Beast: Club Monaco has finally opened its first men’s shop—but it’s in Hong Kong. Luckily, Hypebeast was on hand to report. [Hypebeast]

Hop to It: Grantland interviews Pulitzer Prize–winning author Junot Díaz the only way they know how: by barhopping. [Grantland]

And Now: A slideshow of famous authors in their skivvies (you can thank the Poles for this). [Melville House]