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How To Be a Man: A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman par [O'Brien, Glenn]
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“He’s been telling GQ readers how to dress and behave for eleven years. But Style Guy Glenn O’Brien’s true expertise may be the art of social navigation. So take it from the man who has always made sure he’s in the right circle. (Hell, he had a new-wave talk show! His boss was Andy Warhol!)” ~GQ
“Rather than a list of do’s and don’ts, How to Be a Man is part philosophy treatise, part sartorial self-help manual and part call to arms for the Renaissance man. It’s a clever collection of essays on topics ranging from grooming (‘Man is a Fur-Bearing Mammal’) and accessorizing (‘Jewels and the Man’) to behavior (‘How to Fight Like a Man’) and death (‘How to Exit’), all in prose that’s entertaining and fun to parse.” ~LA Times Magazine
“There are the requisite chapters on how to dress with panache for the occasion, as well as nuggets of humor and wisdom related to socializing, travel, dealing with doctors, dealing with religious people and even getting into fights. ‘Using the appropriate epithet is crucial,’ point out O’Brien.” ~WWD

“But Mr. O’Brien id also versed in design and fashion, the author of the long-running GQ advice column, The Style Guide, as well as a new book, How to Be a Man.” ~New York Times

How to Be a Man: A Guide to Style and Behavior For the Modern Gentleman is possible the best title for a book I’ve ever seen!” ~Slamxhype

“…I think I’m going to start leaving copies of [it] at bars and restaurants in LA so that locals can get some tips…” ~Champagne and Heels

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The ultimate sartorial and etiquette guide, from the ultimate life and style guru. By turns witty, sardonic, and always insightful, Glenn O’Brien’s advice column has been a must-read for several generations of men (and their spouses and girlfriends). Having cut his teeth as a contributor at Andy Warhol’s Interview in its heyday, O’Brien sharpened them as the creative director of advertising at the hip department store Barneys New York for ten years before starting his advice column at Details magazine in 1996. Eventually his column, "The Style Guy," migrated to its permanent home at GQ magazine, where O’Brien dispenses well-honed knowledge on matters ranging from how to throw a cocktail party (a diverse guest list is a must), putting together a wardrobe for a trip to Bermuda (pack more clothes for less dressing), or when it is appropriate to wear flip-flops in public (never). How To Be a Man is the culmination of O’Brien’s thirty years of accumulated style and etiquette wisdom, distilled through his gimlet eye and droll prose. With over forty chapters on style and fashion (and the difference), on dandies and dudes, grooming and decorating, on how to dress age-appropriately and how to age gracefully, this guide is the new essential read for men of all ages.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0847835472
  • Editeur : Rizzoli (26 avril 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004C43GFQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Essential Book 18 mai 2011
Par Robert Daniel Johnson - Publié sur
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I've been a big fan of Glenn O'Brien's tone and perspective for a long time. As GQ's style guy and a further contributor to the magazine and its now-defunct podcast, it would be easy and perhaps predictable for him to take a dismissive or snobby stance while dealing out the dos and don'ts of taste, the way that other style and advice tsars seem to traffic in snarkiness while resenting their readers (thinking of Esquire's sex columnist here). But O'Brien the writer is always unfailingly polite, empathetic and seems generally concerned with being of service in his column, in an almost Buddhist sense.

I was a little bit worried about the book after GQ published a teaser for it which distilled some of O'Brien's tips on social politics into a single, awkward article that, stripped of the context of the book, came across as a bit bitchy and shallow. I bought the book anyway and my worries were unfounded. Most of this book should be canonized. As someone discovering for the first time O'Brien's writing beyond the pages of GQ, I was surprised at what a powerful prose stylist he is. Some of the passages are more effusive than others and when he really gets going there's a huge, poetic lift. This is not a superficial book. He really lays out a clear philosophy of living that, at the risk of oversimplifying it, treats manners as a form of deference to the beauty of life - by paying attention to details and expressing ourselves in a thoughtful manner, we are telling the world and its people that we love it enough to take it seriously.

If I had a gripe it would be the numerous redundancies - for instance the fifth time O'Brien tells us who Beau Brummell is, or the seventh time he makes the point that casual dress codes in the workplace have served to blur social status. I couldn't tell if these were editing errors or just O'Brien having a senior moment but as an attentive reader it did feel a bit like having my intelligence insulted to be re-told the same things so many times, sometimes even on the same page. [Edit: Some have said this book is a compilation of previously existing articles. I'm not sure if that's the case but it still seems like those redundancies should be addressed in this compilation for readability.]

Some of the chapters, such as the ones on dealing with air travel and doctors, are marred by a grouchiness that, as a man in my early 30s, I just couldn't relate to. But then again, this is O'Brien at his most explicit and not his most polite. And the candor is exhilarating elsewhere, like in the rants on drug use, taste as a matter of survival and a particularly inspired chapter on the vital powers of old age vs. the emptiness of youth worship.

I could have used a chapter on fatherhood and it seems that a section called How to Compete would have been a no-brainer for a book on manhood. But maybe they'll tack that on to future editions - I definitely had the sense when reading this that I was encountering the first edition of something that would last (and regretted spilling so much food on its pages).

Buy this book. For my sake. I need compatriots.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating Book 26 septembre 2014
Par E747TX - Publié sur
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This book is a rarity. If you re looking for a picture book, forget about this. This is a book for people who love to read, enjoy humor and want to dress for the part.
some parts of the book are hilarious, but mostly it's the vast information what makes this a fantastic book. Not just on when and how to wear suits, ties, tuxedos, etc. But also why they were created, who design them and the whole history behind them.
One of the many chapters that I've found interesting was "On the snob". Which enlighted me with the revelation that the word snob is in fact an abbreviation of Sine Nobilitate or Without Nobility.
Other chapters include "How to drink", How to be individual", "How to be an animal", "How to fight like a man", etc
It's a fascinating book, one that I'm sure you won't get tired of reading over and over.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Funny and Engaging 10 décembre 2016
Par ChargingDC - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a good read. The author's sense of irony and humor bleeds through every page. Although some style advice can be found here, this book is about much more than that. It's about life and how to live every aspect of it in style. I've always enjoyed the author's writing style and it's on full display here.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Good (not great) Guide 20 mai 2011
Par Lost Gaijin - Publié sur
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I got this book because I felt that I was lacking a bit (or a lot) in style and have come to feel that manhood is more than six pack abs and a love of beer. This book seemed like it would be a great book to help edify my beliefs in an evolved state of manhood and may even give me an idea or two about how to be a more polished sophisticated gentleman.

The book is divided into 5 different sections each dealing with a different aspect of life/manhood. Each of these different sections is then filled with chapters that deal with a specific subject. Examples might be Socks, Swimwear, How to Ail, etc. (sorry I don't have my Kindle handy as a reference for the exact names of the titles). For the most part the author seems to espouse his belief system on the subjects. At times he is a little long winded, but for the most part his writing style is intellectual and fresh, with some good humor sprinkled in.

The book is good at dealing with general ideals for each chapter, but I would have preferred some less abstract advice. Yes I know a man's swim suit should be classic and stylish, but what are some good brands to shop for? Even though the book lacks actually advice, it is a great read and I am glad I have purchased it and will undoubtedly skim through it again.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Glenn O'Brien needs to be invited over to your place ASAP 14 mars 2014
Par Milly Tent - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
For all the men... and the people that love them- this is the must have manual of "manhood issues", written by one of the finest graduates of the New York "Downtown" scene.

O'Brien, a resplendent post-punk bon vivant and former host of NY public access T.V. Party show (Google that kids...) shows you how to take your nominal human existence and become not "The Man", but "A MAN".

This should be required reading for all approaching adulthood, and the legions of today's dude douche-bags who are experiencing difficulty in attaining needed life skills.
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