As the holiday party season kicks up, people will be on the hunt for themes. One we’d like to suggest, a perennial Flavorwire favorite, is the Literary Cocktail Party. Everybody likes the Literary Holiday Party in theory, because in theory it involves a lot of fun, nerdy conversations about books held over delicious cocktails. Everything sparkles: the outfits, the cocktail glasses, the conversation. … Read More
Everybody knows that a beer and a good book go quite well together — including the authors of said books. Since it’s October, everyone’s favorite month for beer (books are good any month of the year), indulge in a few of literature’s greatest quotes about the frothy stuff — from grand pronouncements to so-detailed-you-can-taste-it descriptions of the perfect… Read More
Every time something like this happens, people get very excited. Posthumous releases not only whet our appetite for new material… Read More
There’s a treasure trove of fun Papa stuff going around the interwebs this week, including his recipe for hamburgers (which… Read More
Looking at a beautifully designed book cover is one thing, but if you only get the front, you aren’t getting the whole story. Older book covers served as windows into what people used to read, thanks to the catalog selections a lot of publishers put on the backs of their books, as well as showing even more beautiful art on the… Read More
It’s no secret that writers can be quite particular about their writing tools. Some might call it an obsession or fetish, but the pens, pencils, notebooks, and other implements that authors have used to create their most famous works endlessly fascinates us. After reading an ode to the beloved Eberhard Faber Blackwing 602 pencil, adored for its smooth, firm graphite, we had to find out more about the tools of the literary elite. Take notes, and save your pennies to purchase these writing instruments for… Read More
If you’re in any way a fan of Ernest Hemingway, you’ve no doubt seen Yousef Karsh’s famous portrait of Papa avec beard and polo-necked sweater. You might not know, however, that the photo has given rise to an annual Hemingway lookalike competition. (According to PetaPixel, where we spotted these pictures, they also apparently compete in suitably manly pursuits like wrestling, fishing and drinking.) Anyway, photographer Henry Hargreaves — whose work we’ve featured several times in the past — has created a series called Becoming Hemingway, wherein contestants are issued with a replica sweater and do their best to reproduce the great man’s iconic pose. See the results after the jump. … Read More
Were you aware that there are actually people who think it is “childish” or “unmanly” for guys to wear shorts? That means there is a segment of the population that openly advocates wrapping a man’s legs in constrictive fabric as the hot summertime sun beats down upon them without mercy.
I think those people are insane, and that’s why I heartily endorse Hamilton Nolan’s encouragement at Gawker to future short wearers everywhere: “To these young men — the future of our country — I say: wear shorts. Wear shorts all you want. Especially when it is hot.” To push the point a little further, we’ve selected a handful of images of smart dudes wearing shorts to prove that a little short action won’t make you any less serious or masculine. … Read More
Happy Bastille Day! It’s the 224th anniversary of the storming of the famous Paris prison, which helped dismantled France’s repressive monarchy. If you can’t dance along the Champs-Élysées, but want to spread the Parisian pride, head past the jump for a few eloquent and adoring words from famous writers that celebrate the City of Light.