Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Respek

{The Perfect Rugged Man Shirt, etc.}



See this rad hand-loom cotton I picked up at our local khadi shop in Jaipur?



We took it to our favorite local tailor and had it custom-made into a Rugged Man Shirt for P. For five dollars. And, because I'm always stealing his Rugged Man Shirts and because the price was right, we went back and had another one made for me. Also, side-note: there's a saying in Rajasthan that loosely translates to without a mustache you are not a man. So in preparation for some field research in the villages out west, P. has been working a pretty commited beard and 'stache for a solid month now, and seriously, he gets handshakes and slaps on the backs from the old Rajput guys in the neighborhood. So white guy in Rajasthan + otherwise ridiculous facial hair = respek. Amazing.

P.S. Are any of you readers out there converted Kindle people? P. has an old first generation Kindle and swears by it, while I stubbornly tote Jonathan Franzen around by the pound. Thoughts?

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  1. I would miss books so much. The smell of the paper, the sound of turning pages...no way. Kindle it's probably better for forests but I don't like it. Reading is also a physical act, and you can have a satisfying one with a machine.

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  2. I know. That's how I feel. Also, besides the physical aspects of reading, I also love books as OBJECTS, to just, you know, have around. But P's argument is that he'll always have his collection of classics and early editions of his favorite books; the Kindle is just great for travel and for reading journals, essays and fiction you might otherwise give away later if you had it in the printed form.

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  3. I'm delurking...been reading for a while, love love love everything about this blog. I just bought a nook for the same reason that P states. I will always prefer the real thing, the smell of paper, the sound of turning pages. But an upcoming vacation convinced me that now is the time to avoid the luggage overage fees I normally incur by packing 10 books in my checked luggage.

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  4. I fought the idea of a Kindle for a long time, but got one from Santa... absolutely adore it now!!! The dictionary is the best feature. Don't know what I would have done without it when reading Cutting For Stone. Just wish I'd had it when I too was lugging Franzen last fall!

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  5. I received a Kindle for Christmas, too, only to confirm that my love for books is far, far greater. I love the physical experience of reading a book, as well, plus, like you, I just love books as objects (enough that I'm contemplating having multiple copies of Pride and Prejudice in order to have the lovely Penguin classics edition). I've also found that I miss being able to easily flip back to reread something, which is not easily done on a Kindle.

    I've decided to use the Kindle for travel (as @Broomcakes said, much more practical than packing a stack of books) and to try out new authors whose work I might not love. I'm still buying books for authors whose books I know I'll want to keep.

    I really wish publishers offered print + ebook bundles, whereby both could be had at a discount as compared to buying each individually!

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  6. Broomcakes- thanks for delurkifying! Ah yes, the Nook! Do tell me how you like it post-vacay.

    Anon- Can I have your Santa? Yes, the dictionary- P loves that you can look up words while reading. He also loves reminding me "hey, how cool is it that I can look up this word on my Kindie?" Hmph.

    Anyway, how was Cutting for Stone?!

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  7. Kindle bad. Book good.

    I say this as a lady who's currently lugging the Collected Robert Lowell around NYC. And who just finished toting War and Peace. I need to touch those PAGES, man, Pencil. In. Hand.

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  8. i can see P's argument for travel, except i can't; hauling the book in one's messenger bag (i'm on the other side of the "reading war and peace in new york on the subway*" adventure now as well) is part of the experience. it feels like a companion. also giving things away in print form is one of the other best parts.

    on beards, it's really crazy how society rises to meet you. particularly when "society" = "joe's boss the congresswoman," for she keeps calling his sexy. this disturbs him and is my favorite thing ever.

    *insider tip: drape the book across the arm holding the pole.

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  9. derlurking as well, 'nother young artist (residing in Wisconsin). <3 your work.

    Books are too dear to me, my smalls friends. I feel awful proud of my growing bookshelves too. I think reading a old, much loved, dog eared book is so much more satisfactory then a dinky little screen

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  10. I don't think I could ever give up books. I adore tech but I'd miss folding the top corner of the page over to mark my spot too much. Plus all the legal/copyrights stuff about e-books that limits lending and eliminates giving makes me angry. I love sharing a good book I've read with friend. Losing that would take away some of the magic and joy of books.

    I love that shirt by the way. Good call on having one made for yourself. Oh and belated Happy Birthday!

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  11. Amander- Brave soul (re. W&P). I'm a penciller and an underliner too, but P. can highlight passages and keep them organized, too. And yet, and yet.

    Lauren- Book-haulers, unite! I think of the heavy thick tomes especially fondly, like little companions I have to lug around in order to earn the pleasure of their stories. That said, I've now amassed at least fifty pounds of books since we've been living in India. Hmm.

    Liz and Sid- thanks and thanks, and good points. I don't think anyone could ever give up the act of reading from a real book entirely, and I think that's an important thing to make clear:

    it's not an either/or argument. It's a should-I-be-more-open-minded-about-e-readers-when-it's-convenient argument. I'm tactile-obsessive, so the Kindle/Nook just seem lackluster as a reading experience to me, but I haven't really given it a fair chance. (This is a great debate, btw. Thanks for the input!)

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  12. WAIT, ISN'T ANYONE GOING TO WEIGH IN ON WHITE-BOY MUSTACHES?!

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  13. LOVE the White boy stach!!! And the shirt!!
    I have an old school kindle just like P's as well..and I STILL buy books! Go figure..I Love books. Always will. Do read the kindle occasionally and yes, good for travel indeed!

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  14. That is the coolest $5 shirt I have ever seen. Love it! Love the blog! Don't love my nook.

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  15. Well, by golly, it's amazing what you can do for five dollars in the world these days! On the kindle, I don't have one. I only buy books I know I'll read again or will reference someday again, otherwise it's off to the library for me.

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  16. Love the fabric and the man shirt!

    I stubbornly resist Kindle and tote actual books. To be fair, I'm pretty brutal on my books and I'm not sure the Kindle would appreciate being dropped on the bus or in the bathtub.

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  17. I broke down and bought a kindle last fall because i realized that my house is not a library and i was beginning to get overwhelmed with all of the book clutter. i still have quite a grand book collection and add to it when i find a worthy member, but the kindle is fantastic for traveling, downloading oodles of free books, and wowing my grandparents.

    love the man shirt. $5!!! awesome.

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  18. p.s. Ceej is forbidden to grow a mustache. yes, he's white to the max. but he rocks the beard.

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  19. I have not converted and I can't see myself ever doing so. Like my idol Patti Smith said: "No matter how much we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book."

    I mean, I get it. It's much easier and lighter. It is tempting, but I can't do it. I too am about to tote Freedom all over Paris and Morocco in two weeks. Yikes.

    Cool shirt. : )

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  20. As a girl who recently lost the beard in her life to a Job That Does Not Allow Such Things, I raise a fist pump up for this new 'stache. I'm especially a huge fan of red beards/staches.

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  21. I'm with you. And also, I LIKE giving away books (though as a future author, achem, Kindle pays me much better for the buying of art. Which is weird, but I digress). Anyhoo, the Jonathan Franzen is excellent, yes? Just finished it, all multi-pounds of it.

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  22. That's a great shirt.

    I too am living overseas, and the lack of easy access to affordable books in English (found a $26 paperback the other day) is making me consider a kindle.

    I downloaded the kindle for mac app to try out the format, and am surprisingly fond of it. I like the highlighting, the note keeping, and the dictionary. Oh, and being able to make the print bigger.

    I wouldn't stop buying paper books, I would just only buy my favourites. With being rather itinerant the last many years, that's something I already do. So I think the kindle might bring more books into my life, since I'm so loathe to buy when I know I'll be moving again soon.

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  23. I adored Cutting for Stone, and mourned the loss of my new friends upon completion. I don't know when I have become so absorbed into another world as I was with that book.
    I think non-fiction (as a whole) works better in book form, and fiction is just fine on the Kindle.
    Do you realize how many "classics" are in the public domain? You can download all of Jane Austen for free!!

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  24. Love the shirt..where is a picture of yours? You have taken some great stash pictures while in India...If P can start manifesting one like those he himself will turn into a work of art. Want pics of stash! I am all for the facial hair! As for Kindle..I have been trying to get my girl Lost Planetista to get one for her world travels..seems lugging books and gear AND kid and kids gear can be a bit much...I think I am in P's camp with this one.

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  25. I enjoy both. I love holding a book and turning pages but my kindle is great too. I flew through a number of Inspector Gamache novels over Christmas, downloading them one after another.

    I love my husband's goatee and I'm OK with the mustache. Since he waxes and curls the stache sometimes, I've had to figure out how not to get poked when I get close :-)

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  26. Books for me, please! When I was a kid I use to gather up all of my books and pile them on the bed with me, we had grand sleepovers. Such good friends-those books of mine. Although to be fair-I have never got my mits on a kindle, so I can't be sure I wouldn't want to snuggle up with that at night as well....

    As for the facial hair-I love it! My man is bald-so his facial hair is a great (and only way) way for me to get my hair fix.

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  27. Red beard and stash, funny scruffy stuff. Something you both can chuckle about, the back patting gestures aside.

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  28. My boo has a red beard too! love me some ginger beards!!

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  29. my husband and i are going to nepal this fall (where he's from) and are thinking about having clothes made for us as well. his parents swear by it. that shirt is off. the. hook.

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  30. Lily, met you yesterday at FFI at gallery in the middle of nowhere / DUMBO. boy am I going to enjoy going through this blog! may take time, unless addicted as forewarned. I see that you are just loaded with "whimsy", a word that I believe came up in our brief conversation yesterday. there's a supply of it in mine, but haven't been much motivated lately. anyway, nice to meet. best, michael

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