In the last couple of years I have spent a good amount of time studying the context of the American Male (often in comparison with other geographies / cultures). The concept of masculinity as a part of how men make their consumer behavior choices is pretty interesting. I have been affirmed in some areas and … Continue reading The Lesbiman: A New Masculine Ideal?
Had an unplanned evening in NYC tonight and decided to spend some time observing rather than seeking. Union Square Park is one of those places that attracts "all kinds " and it was a nice return to my anthropological roots to be content with observation and simply capturing the beauty of "hanging out". Here are … Continue reading A Photo Walk Through Union Square Park
This fascinating ethnographic piece in the New York Times Style section got me thinking today. If you live in an urban center or watch Portlandia then you know what I am talking about. Traditionally speaking, the gentrification of urban neighborhoods has been leaving young, white creative professionals with the blood on their hands...pushing the lower … Continue reading “Creating Hipsturbia”: Is Gentrification Pushing Out The Creative Class?
My father was a second generation American: born to native New Yorkers in 1934. A swing generation baby, he grew up at an interesting time in the history of New York and our now waning industrial economy, he wouldn't be able to afford a Baby Trend Expedition-Jogger-Stroller back then. In about two and a half … Continue reading A Jewish American New York Story: Swinging Into Modern Times
Do you ever wonder where some of the best of the worst style fads come from? Good thing we have my friend Eve Kerrigan at the Sociology of style here to 'splain what's up. Check out this style sociology lesson and more: The Low Down: When An Unlikely Fad Becomes Unshakable Fashion Etiquette Pull_Up_Your_Pants … Continue reading From on the Ground in The ATL: Sociology Of Style “Bustin’ a Sag”
Flash back to before we established a "civilized" industrial-to-knowledge-to-conceptual economy such as we have been used to in modern times. Survival was a matter of basics and most humans resided firmly in the very bottom layers of Maslow's hierarchy of needs pyramid: In absence of safeguards, systems and conveniences like government-supervised municipal programs, a regulated … Continue reading Surrounding Ourselves With Sound and Other Modern Household Survival Requirements
Today is my last day home alone with the dog and I decided that not only was i not in the mood to make breakfast, but I was also not in the mood to "fuss" about taking a long drive to get "the perfect bagel" - as was my previous aspiration until i woke up … Continue reading A Few Notches Below Brunch: Sunday At The Waffle House
You are white and work in a "creative" profession. You shop at Urban Outfitters and commute (on occasion) via hybrid road bike. You live in a loft. Your girlfriend / wife is both gorgeous and smart. You prefer to watch World Cup Soccer to professional football or baseball. You read or listen to music more … Continue reading Crossfit, Handstands and Galaga: Metro Male Bonding Rituals
Last night I indulged in an overgrown adolescent fantasy with my "BFF". There was no porn involved, nor did we tip cows or crash a kegger. No, we two 35 year old women made our first stop at the food truck park where I irresponsibly scarfed down Philly cheese steak nachos from a vendor called … Continue reading Playing WIth Your Joystick While Drinking: An Adult-Adolescent Dream
So I am leaving tonight with my wife on our "official" honeymoon to Paris and Barcelona ....one year after the big event.. Because who has the energy or cash to go on a big European vacation after spending all of it on a big damn wedding? Well, maybe some people. But I am, after all, … Continue reading There’s No Vacation From A Commitment