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By TheophileEscargot (Fri Oct 05, 2018 at 06:31:35 AM EST) Reading, MLP, Watching (all tags)
Reading: "Conclave". Watching: "Ready Player One". Links.

What I'm Reading
Conclave by Robert Harris. Good political thriller about the election of a new Pope, focussing on intrigue within the Vatican during the election. As you'd expect from this author there's lots of fascinating detail, and clever plausible politics.

Couple of minor weaknesses: the protagonist sometimes feels a bit Protestantish in his worries about lack of scriptural support, and while the ending is good one bit of it feels a bit unconvincing the sudden shift in the vote before the final ballot could have done with a bit more explanation.

Overall though, gripping and entertaining.

What I'm Watching
Saw Ready Player One on disk. Like the book an enjoyable nostalgia-fest, probably more accessible than the book to non-Gen-Xers as it doesn't rely so much on lists and name-dropping. Decent fun.

Socioeconomics. The finance curse: how the outsized power of the City of London makes Britain poorer

Random. Ask the Past: How to Survive a Mermaid Attack, 1527. Space Opera cover maker

Articles. A history of the word "you". Dads, why your daughters didn't tell you about their assault, Metafilter: actually why. Boys clothes, mostly interesting for this paragraph:

In his book The Psychology of Clothes, published in 1930, the psychologist and fashion historian JC Flugel explored the culturally enforced plainness of men’s clothing. He noted that in modern western society, unlike in most traditional societies, men dressed less decoratively than women. He dated this back to the end of the 18th century, when there had been a profound shift in the way men presented themselves, which Flugel called the "great masculine renunciation". Turning away from wearing flamboyant clothes to display their wealth, men increasingly adopted a uniform that reflected Enlightenment values of rationality and practicality. (In doing so, they were also distinguishing themselves from women, who were still encouraged to be frilly, high-heeled and irrational.) Interestingly, Flugel considered women's fashion to be psychologically healthier, and he advocated a reform of men's clothing.
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Men's clothes by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Oct 05, 2018 at 08:06:49 AM EST
At least here in USia we've been willing to experiment a bit. Compare men's suits in the 50's vs 70's (shudder) vs 90's. Or t-shirts in the 60's vs 80's.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Fashion by debacle (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Oct 05, 2018 at 01:17:04 PM EST
We need to do away with button-downs. They're not sensible. The suit is so much more plain than a proper coat. Ties are a cultural relic not good fashion sense.

More linen would be good, more silk. Less of this light crappy cotton that you can't properly press. I'd like a style of shirt without long sleeves that doesn't make me feel like a child. Something I can wear with shorts that isn't a polo. I miss proper ribbed shirts. Shoes that look good with shorts that aren't loafers would be nice. More options on the bottom half of things - skirts are quite comfortable, but to wear one outside the house would be very disarming.


Dress by priestess (4.00 / 1) #3 Sat Oct 06, 2018 at 08:17:04 AM EST
Men's style choices so often seem to come down to what image is printed on the otherwise identical teeshirts.

Chat to the virtual me...

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