• Born Ready

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    The first magazine I ever read on a regular basis was the A&F Quarterly. It was the lifestyle periodical published by Abercrombie & Fitch back in the late 90s. The avant-garde magalog tip-toed the fine line between editorial and catalog content so effortlessly that to my 15 year-old eye, it was cool...unbelievably cool.

    Printed on cougar vellum paper (unique for a catalog), the Quarterly felt ambitious. It introduced me to more than just clothes, food, travel, sex, and all the controversy that came along with that. More importantly, it introduced me to the work of photographer Bruce Weber. That introduction in 1997 would serve as a major influence on my photographic development a decade later.

    Still, to this day, I love Bruce Weber's photographs. He captures groups like no one else. Loose and yet connected, often with a sense of occasion, shot in that moment between the moment. His new coffee table book, Born Ready, is a collectible volume of essays and images that reveals a very personal and original vision of America today. Weber gets up close and personal with a unique assortment of talented and courageous individuals...and does what he does so beautifully, share a sliver of their story.

    Pick up a copy on eBay for your own table well below the Amazon price of $83.80. I also pulled together an eBay collection* of my essential coffee table books for those looking to simply discover new titles or start a collection of their own. Follow me on eBay to check out the rest of my shoppable collections ranging from music to clothes to a few of my favorite things.

    *My eBay Collection was created as part of my collaboration with eBay and Style Coalition #FOLLOWFINDIT

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  • The Wes Anderson Collection

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    Abrams Books just released Matt Zoller Seitz’s The Wes Anderson Collection, the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The coffee table book showcases the creative process of one of the most influential voices from the past two decades of American cinema. It is chock full of never-before-seen photos, behind the scenes notes, original illustrations, and ephemera, all centered around a book-length conversation between the director and Seitz (the foremost critic on Anderson’s work).

    Seitz is not one to shy away from pulling back the curtain on Anderson’s sources. In fact, Seitz goes in depth in analyzing what exactly influenced what in the director’s evolving signature style. Below you can see exactly how The Royal Tennenbaums was informed by Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.

    It is Francis Ford Coppola who says, “We want you to take from us. We want you, at first, to steal from us, because you can’t steal. You will take what we give you and you will put it in your own voice. And that’s how you begin. And then one day someone will steal from you.”

    Watch the trailer below as Seitz guides you through his approach and structure of what is sure to be one of the most visually intimate books of its kind.

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    Leith left a comment on 10/31/2013 at 3:40 PM:

    How did people survive pre-Wes Anderson?  Honestly.  This book is definitely going to be a part of my collection.  Thank you.  - Leith


  • September 2013 Playlist

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    Listen on Spotify

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    Jacob left a comment on 10/13/2013 at 10:54 PM:

    hell ya

    Natalie left a comment on 10/6/2013 at 9:28 PM:

    Ecstatic to see that you put a song from John Mayer’s new album - he’s my all time favorite singer and i saw him in concert recently! I love lorde as well and pure heroine is awesome.

    OMK left a comment on 9/25/2013 at 10:29 AM:

    Superb selection. Can’t stop listening to it.

    Allie left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    Love the playlist! Even better that it’s downloadable!!



    Shaun left a comment on 9/23/2013 at 1:38 PM:

    Must be the music that’s turning me on!  Thanks!

    KIT left a comment on 9/20/2013 at 2:53 PM:

    Uh…how do you play these without Spotify? I do the double-clickie have no files in the folder. Maybe I am too stupin.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:53 PM:

    @Meg—I just updated the Spotify playlist to reflect the correct John Mayer song with Frank Ocean.

    Meg left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:47 PM:

    Downloaded the zip file.  First John Mayer track isn’t the same song as on the Spotify playlist for some reason.

    Brian left a comment on 9/19/2013 at 12:09 PM:

    Fantastic!  Thanks Fred!

    Meg left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 5:38 PM:


    C.G.D left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:13 PM:

    Great tunes! Thanks man!

    Isabel left a comment on 9/18/2013 at 4:25 AM:

    Stoked to see the resurgence of these playlists…they make great study companions!

    matt left a comment on 9/17/2013 at 4:26 PM:

    thanks again for making it downloadable!  Cant wait to listen to it on my way home.


  • The Preppy Cookbook

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    If you're anything like me, you don't cook...often. Or, not really at all. Cooking for one in New York, it's an uphill battle! With arguably the best restaurants in the country and whatever your little stomach can desire available at the click of a mouse (disclosing Seamless and Grub Hub addiction here), cooking is a rare feat. But I like to think that if I did, I'd have some good material to pull from.

    The latest addition to my kitchen bookshelf is Christine E. Nunn's The Preppy Cookbook. As a talented chef at Picnic, her restaurant in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, Nunn shares a raft of seriously good recipes. Like The Official Preppy Handbook's Lisa Birnbach, Nunn also grew up in the wonderful world of prep. And like Lisa, she writes about that world with deep knowledge and humor.

    The cookbook is organized by stations of the Preppy Life Cycle: The Formative Years (a highlight is the Thick-as-London-Fog Pea Soup...cook once and feeds for a week), Summer and the Living is Easy (bring on the lobster rolls!), Brunch is a verb (hello Hangover Hash Browns), Luncheons and Showers, and lastly, Home for the Holidays (Nunn's Butternut Squash Lasagna reads as delectable as it probably tastes). Pick up a copy for yourself, host a cocktail party (on a Saturday night, of course), and your closest friends will never be the wiser that you "don't cook" often.

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    George left a comment on 11/9/2013 at 6:21 PM:

    I have reservations that this is an attempt to capitalize on the word, “Preppy” in the title, surrounded by the cover colors. Anything for a buck. Next: The Preppy Guide to Labrador Grooming? From there, it’s over…like the “Dummies,” “Chicken Soup,” and any number of other so-called series or collections. I’ll reserve judgment of the thing until I actually read it, of course, but that’s what it feels like now. What’s that? Well, of course I’m going to buy it!

    PSP left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 6:59 PM:

    Triscuits, bloodys, toast points and the like.

    C.L.Y. left a comment on 10/2/2013 at 5:14 PM:

    “Preppy” food? What is that? I did not know such a thing ever existed!

    PSP left a comment on 10/1/2013 at 8:37 PM:

    A guy cook in NYC, other than grilling on roof, I think not.


  • August 2013 Playlist

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    Listen on Spotify

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    Lauren left a comment on 9/1/2013 at 1:16 PM:

    Such beautiful photos in this post! I love your blog. I just followed you on bloglovin and would love to have you follow me back!

    C.G.D left a comment on 8/24/2013 at 10:56 AM:

    @ F.E. Castleberry - Thanks for making the playlist downloadable! That was very nice of you. (:

    JDS left a comment on 8/20/2013 at 8:32 PM:

    So…I know this makes me a big dummy, but I don’t know how to download and play this in iTunes. When double-clicked in Firefox, it saves as an empty zip folder. I try to import using iTunes, but nothing to import. What am I doing wrong? Anybody want to help a nontechnical prep?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/17/2013 at 11:33 AM:

    It’s downloadable now gang. Just click the playlist image.

    Bigshaun left a comment on 8/17/2013 at 10:35 AM:

    Ahhhh, man!  Not downloadable???  What the heck?
    I was looking forward to loading this up on my Ipod classic.  Great tracks nonetheless.  No Spotify on Ipod classic.

    g. left a comment on 8/15/2013 at 8:06 AM:

    Thanks for all the excellent playlist in the past. Sorry to see they are no longer downloadable. Not a Spotify guy.

    matt left a comment on 8/14/2013 at 5:36 PM:

    I look forward to these every month.  sad to see youre not making them downloadable anymore.  loved being able to play it on my phone, in my car, ipad, etc…

    C.G.D left a comment on 8/14/2013 at 4:06 PM:

    @F.E. Castleberry - Fair enough! I do use spotify haha. It’s just nice to listen to your playlists on long drives in the car.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/14/2013 at 2:43 PM:

    A.M. Spence is right, download the web app for your desktop. It’s free. In regards to subscribing to Spotify Premium, almost anyone could afford $9.99/mo. It’s the price of one album. You’d literally never have to purchase music again.

    H.D. left a comment on 8/14/2013 at 10:12 AM:

    Modern Vampires of the City is by far their best album yet. Also glad to see you include Royals by Lorde.

    A. M. Spence left a comment on 8/14/2013 at 8:32 AM:

    @J.H. Spotify is free through a web application and a downloadable desktop app.

    J.H. left a comment on 8/13/2013 at 9:25 PM:

    I agree with C.G.D! Not everyone can afford to have fancy subscriptions or data/smartphones!

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 8/13/2013 at 6:58 PM:

    @C.G.D.—No sir, not this time (or going forward). It’s time to embrace Spotify.

    C.G.D left a comment on 8/13/2013 at 6:49 PM:

    Not downloadable?


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