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The Interview | How To Be A Man by Glenn O’Brien

Apr 8th, 2011 | Categories: David Coggins, The Interview | by David Coggins

Glenn O’Brien’s position in the cultural firmament is, at this point, unassailable. He’s defined his unique place in the world and no one can claim it from him. But just because there’s not much left to be said about Glenn doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot to say himself. His new book, How To Be A Man, comes out later this month. It’s a collection of indispensable essays on everything from beards to snobs, wine to women. In a world suffering from information overload his words, stylish and irreverent, cut to the heart of the matter.

We spoke over a leisurely lunch at Il Buco. Interview by David Coggins.

Glenn O'Brien | Photo by Peter Ross.

David Coggins: How did you come to the idea of writing the book, and why now?

Glenn O’Brien: Well, The Style Guy column has a big audience, and I thought I should write a book for that audience. But I didn’t want to do a greatest series of Q & A’s, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to write some essays. Basically this is all original, I mean there’s a couple of things that appeared here and there in slightly altered versions. But most of this is original, although I did cannibalize a lot of good lines.

DC: Is there some particular moment now that people are asking or asserting how to be a man—is it all these lumberjacks going around with beards?

GO: Don’t you like that? I think we’re at a pivotal moment, I think the yang is returning.

DC: And how do we see that? People certainly care where their clothes are from are how they’re made.

GO: I think culturally we reached a point of the sort of nadir of wussiness, and I think that people are going to be a little more assertive and demanding, and individual. Don’t you think?





The Interview | Baxter of California

Dec 17th, 2008 | Categories: Grooming, The Interview | by Michael Williams

Grooming is a topic that doesn’t get a lot of play around these parts. A few weeks ago the Morning Regimen post elicited a terrific, yet unexpected discussion on shaving. Working to focus more on the subject, I thought it prudent to highlight one of my most-liked skincare and shaving brands, Baxter of California. The company was founded out of necessity (and a void in the men’s skincare market), by Baxter Finley in 1966 becoming the first American men’s grooming company. Fast forward to the year two-thousand when Mr. Finley — who was looking to retire — placed the controls in the capable hands of his family friend and neighbor Jean-Pierre Mastey. Since taking over Jean-Pierre has done an excellent job of streamlining and re-positioning the brand and it now sits as one of the premier players in the space. I had a chance to talk to Mr. Mastey and shed some light on the good things happening at Baxter. Read our Q&A after the jump…

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