jazz age january: “down and out in paris and london,” george orwell

The Paris of my imagination was no match for the Paris of my twenty-first birthday. I wasn't expecting to visit the city at all, due to my dire lack of funds, but I was studying at Cambridge, and my parents bought the Chunnel ticket as a birthday present. I expected excitement, good wine, maybe a …

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ten men’s fashion trends women hate

Thank goodness for the Internet's latest slew of articles on fashion, which are titled some variation of X  Fashion Trends Men Hate. Talk about useful information! Skinny jeans may be the most commonly worn type of jeans amongst young women, but evidently, "men want to leave something to the imagination" and skinny jeans put "your entire body" on …

jazz age january: “how it feels to be colored me,” zora neale hurston

For a book considered to be the pinnacle of literary representation for the Jazz Age, the The Great Gatsby mentions African Americans once: “As we crossed Blackwell’s Island, a limousine passed us, driven by a white chauffeur, in which sat three modish Negroes, two bucks and a girl. I laughed aloud as the yolks of …

a real phony

I planned to wait until warmer weather to drive to a bookstore and buy Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, but as it happens, I had already dusted the snow off of my car at 7:30 a.m. in -27 degree windchill (in Fahrenheit) and then survived a whole day at work on what is surely the …