Monday, October 1, 2007

1st Quadrant 10/08 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of October 8, 2007

Popped Collars

Vanessa Tsang wrote in Washington Square News that never before have two inches of fabric been so controversial. The style of wearing the collar on a polo shirt flipped up - or "popped" - has become a runaway trend in recent months, inciting both disgust and glorification among students. Pastel, striped, plastered with name-brand logos, double popped, or half-popped and half-down, these errant collars are causing a stir across campus.

"Especially with the opening of Rugby, there are a lot of NYU students shopping there and wearing the entire [preppy] look head to toe now," said Patrick Michael Hughes, professor of fashion history at Parsons, The New School for Design. "It's very urban."

Hughes also said that this trend is especially prominent in a city like New York.

"I get compliments [when I pop my collar]," Stern sophomore Greg Hammond said. "Girls will compliment you on your shirt. Guys will say, 'Oh, you're a pimp!' "

Librería Lectorum Closes

Librería Lectorum, the Spanish-language bookstore, closed for good on Saturday.

For nearly a half-century Lectorum has dispensed a wide range of translations of popular American titles by authors like John Grisham and Nora Roberts, as well as a vibrant collection of books by Spanish and Latin American novelists, poets and playwrights. It has also welcomed a steady stream of writers for readings at the store on 14th Street in Greenwich Village.

Today Lectorum distributes about 20,000 titles, mostly to schools and libraries. It also publishes about 15 books a year. (New York Times)

$9.11 for Rudy Fundraiser

Abraham Sofaer, a State Department adviser under President Reagan, is holding the fundraiser at his Palo Alto, Calif. home on Wednesday, but he told the Associated Press that he was not involved in coming up with the “$9.11 for Rudy” theme.

The invitation for the event, first reported by the Associated Press, described “$9.11 for Rudy” an “independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support ‘America’s Mayor.’ ” (blah3)

The International Association of Fire Fighters accuses him [Rudy Giuliani] of exploiting the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. (Digg)

"The New Kings of Non-Fiction"

From the Publisher: A collection of [14] stories-some well known, some more obscure-capturing some of the best storytelling of this golden age of nonfiction. An anthology of the best new masters of nonfiction storytelling, personally chosen and introduced by Ira Glass, the producer and host of the award-winning public radio program This American Life.These pieces-on teenage white collar criminals, buying a cow, Saddam Hussein, drunken British soccer culture, and how we know everyone in our Rolodex-are meant to mesmerize and inspire.

From Publishers Weekly: There's a greater problem with the anthology than its unintentional chauvinism, though. Far from "new," many of its components are more than a decade old-Lawrence Weschler's "Shapinsky's Karma" dates to the mid-1980s-and several have already been published in other books, like the Malcolm Gladwell article that became a chapter in The Tipping Point or an extract from Bill Buford's Among the Thugs. (B&N)

Patricia Field's Costumes for the
"Sex and the City" Movie

Mistik posted the following comment on Crazy Days and Nights:

"OK, someone make Patricia Field drink hemlock if she's the one doing the costumes for this....I thought the little Eiffel Tower bag was bad .... until I saw the Orchid that Ate Brooklyn growing on Carrie's chest."

Patricia Field turned Sarah Jessica Parker into a household name and a fashion icon through her character, journalist Carrie Bradshaw, on the television show “Sex and the City.” For her work on the show Field was nominated for 5 Emmy Awards, with one win, and nominated for 6 Costume Designers Guild Awards, with 4 wins. Field also appeared as the first guest judge during the first season of the Bravo’s “Project Runway.” (BTAM)

"And Tango Makes Three"

The Charlotte schools superintendent and his top lieutenants have ordered a picture book about two male penguins raising an egg removed from school libraries.

"And Tango Makes Three," the real-life story of "the very first [adopted] penguin in the [New York Central Park] zoo to have two daddies," has drawn objections in schools or public libraries in several states. All decided to keep the book, according to the American Library Association. (The Boston Globe)

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