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Advice for Stylin’ Guys

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The Style Guy
O’Brien
2000

O’Brien was GQ magazine’s fashion columnist until 2015. (He evidently blasted GQ in an interview and resigned.) His advice column talked about everything from fashion advice to etiquette. None of it is particularly timeless. I wasn’t too impressed, but I am not the target market. Maybe it was cool in 2000, but jokes about porn and other sexually charged topics fall flat. This particular book hadn’t left the shelves in a decade, so I think we can safely retire it.

Mary

PS As I was googling around for the author, I found out that O’Brien passed away this past April.

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WASP Lessons

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Gentlemen Aren’t Sissies
A Modern Guidebook for the Young Man about Town
Jonathan
1938

This book is another blast from the past. Is it current? Nope. Is it useful? Maybe if you are stuck in a Nick and Nora Charles movie and need to “blend”.

Aside from any collection discussions, this book is a lot of fun to read and of course it should be retained somewhere as a real glimpse into etiquette of the rich, upper crust WASP of pre-war United States. Need advice on dating ladies of quality? Attending the theater? Etiquette at a bridge party? Pitching woo? This is your manual.

Mary

 

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Bachelor Pad Economics

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Bachelor Pad Economics
Clarey
2013

Submitter: I bought this book for my college library in order to fill a gap for personal finance books geared toward young men. The description and ratings were good, so even though it was a self-published book I decided to take a chance and order it. To my horror, however, the book was full of crude and misogynistic passages–and completely off topic from finance. As I went through it, it kept getting worse and worse. This book was published in 2013 but sounds like it came from the 50s in its attitudes towards women. Needless to say, this book is never making it to the shelf.

Holly: The author blogs at CaptainCapitalism.com. I Googled some reviews of this book and found mostly positive reviews. One of them did indicate that not everyone will agree with his candid, politically incorrect style, but pretty much said to ignore those parts and keep reading.

Here’s an interview with the author and Ed Drisc0ll on PJ Media. Around 7:52 he talks about how it’s stupid to major in any liberal arts subject.  That includes any major that deals with feelings and emotions, the color of your skin/ethnicity (“Chicano American Studies” was the example given as “stupid”), or English in an English-speaking country. My advice is to know your community before you add this book to the collection.

Holly’s Postscript: Just so we’re clear, I’ve never met Submitter and don’t work at their library. This book has nothing to do whatsoever with my place of work or our policies. The reviews I found *are* mostly positive and I do still suggest knowing your community before you add *any* book to the collection. Let’s not confuse me and my workplace with submitter’s college library or their opinions with mine.

 

 

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