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A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: ‘There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.’

Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg  (via thisisendless)

Wow. What a statement.

(via upworthy)


November of Dressing Nicely 2013

Hey folks, wanted to give everyone on here a heads up about what’s coming for the 4th annual installment of #NODN. 

For those who aren’t familiar: A guy from LA came into the office to take some meetings with my bosses. He was the best-dressed dude I’ve seen in years.

Upon seeing him, the women in my office had a response similar to this:



Upon finding out the dude was from LA, a co-worker stated, “Oh of course, no guy who lives in Chicago would look like that.” The basic emphasis was: Guys in Chicago usually don’t care what they look like.

So I did. Every single day for the month of November, I dressed to my absolute best effort. No hoodies and “it’s Friday, I’m hungover” outfits. And I wasn’t the only one. A large collective of gents joined up. I posted pics everyday in a gallery for the work blog and it ballooned to the point where we’re still doing it 4 years later. This year, the initiative grows into it’s next phase.

Starting next week, we’re launching some great editorial pieces and a fun contest. (Think March Madness. More to come.) Other than that, I’d love to spotlight you, the tireless Tumblr fashion community who no one believes exist until one of you gets a book deal or some other amazing opportunity.  

Off the top of my head: 

Got a store? We’ll stop by. Done it before. 

Are you good at something relating to dressing nicely? (can you tie a bow tie? Do you know how to shop for a dress that makes you look smoking hot but you can also wear to work? Do you know what to look for when you’re shopping, be it online or in-store?) Let’s make a video.

Got a product you think well-dressed people would respond to or need in their lives? Let’s do a roundup. 

All in all, #NODN is about taking pride in your appearance. It’s about feeling good. It’s about you feeling like the best possible version of yourself, and sharing that with the world.

Like Kevin Garnett, anything is possible. 

Send me an e-mail if you have any ideas. Share the word, won’t you? 

Let’s do this!