• Chasing the Charles

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    No region of the U.S. rings in autumn quite like New England. Maybe it's the S-Classes, the asphalt, or the ambition that sedate us from fully realizing it in New York, but on this drive through Massachusetts, it hits you. Autumn is here, as if it has suddenly arrived. It didn’t ask you if you were done with summer. It didn't wait for you to lift your head up.

    I-95 cradles you between the Long Island Sound and a coastline of oak. I'm driving up with Boast for the Head of the Charles. As soon as we hit Beantown, we beeline for the narrow gas-lit streets of Beacon Hill. First stop, a regatta kickoff party at North River Outfitter. Dan, the northeast Boast sales rep, rolls up in what can only be described as a party van. Yeah, the exterior puts off a creepy child abductor vibe but once you throw the doors open, it's audiophile Heaven. Twin 14" subwoofers, a grip of speakers, and dual amps transform it into a giant boom box on wheels. Haim's "The Wire" starts to pulse through the Federal-style rowhouses. Now it's a party...

    I'm not sure how many whiskey rocks are guilty for my late morning but eventually I make it to Cambridge Boat Club sometime after 2:00pm. Lunch at the Director's Tent (here's to friends in high places—Jack's dad sits on the board of Head of the Charles) is reduced to Caesars salad and a slice of turkey breast. All the gourmet fare only lasts until 1:00 if you're lucky, but the open bar is still stocked. Sierra Nevada Stout please.

    Photographed by Amy Stone

    The rest of the afternoon is spent catching up with Kiel and his crew at their Brooks Brothers pop-up shop, enjoying the races, and hanging out with Carly and clique. All of which proves to be very entertaining. Case in point? Emily, never one to disappoint, shows off her dance moves to "Black Skinhead" after I take her picture.

    Dusk is let down over the Charles like house curtains. The thrill of victory lingering in the air alongside the agony of defeat long after the boats have been pulled from the water. Though it was a blast, I don’t stick around for Sunday. A wise man once said, “Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never, never be both.”

    Oct 7, 2013 | Permalink (4) View/Leave Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 10:26 PM:

    @Wayne—I’m wearing an anorak by Boast underneath my navy blazer.


    Wayne left a comment on 10/22/2013 at 10:20 PM:

    What combo do you have under that sports jacket?


    Alexander left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 10:28 PM:

    +1 to the Big Steezy. Love that striped sweater.


    TheBigSteezy left a comment on 10/21/2013 at 7:33 PM:

    Love your Boast striped sweater almost as much as I love her grey sweatshirt. Killing it.

    Envying your New England Autumn down here in Austin.


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  • Head of the Charles Regatta Kickoff

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    It’s that time of the year again, when not only the leaves fall from such great heights but world class rowers from all over the world descend upon the Charles River. It is on this penultimate October weekend that the Head of the Charles Regatta unfolds. And over 300,000 people will be there for every stroke. It’s a good time. I’m heading up to Cambridge tomorrow morning with Boast for the festivities. For those of you who will be in Boston, North River Outfitter is hosting a Head of the Charles Kickoff on Thursday night from 4-9p.m. I’ll be around to talk menswear, the upcoming release of the coffee table book Rowing Blazers (featuring my photographs of world class rowing athletes, including the Dartmouth portrait above), or the best place to shop vintage in Boston. Come by for the complimentary Whale’s Tale if nothing else.

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    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 10/20/2013 at 10:33 PM:

    Having rowed myself, looking forward to the book.


    InVinoVeritas left a comment on 10/18/2013 at 8:41 AM:

    The HOTC is a world class event and is great fun for participants and sectors alike. The alumni reunions that take place along the banks of the Charles are particularly enjoyable. I for one will certainly be ther. However, unless you rowed in college, leave the rowing jacket at home.


    DCG left a comment on 10/17/2013 at 11:06 AM:

    As a companion piece for people interested in the subject, check out A History of Collegiate Rowing in America by Daniella Garran.  Well-researched with historical photos.  Also the fantastic cover art is by my mother Deborah.

    http://www.amazon.com/A-History-Collegiate-Rowing-America/dp/0764341820


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 11:02 PM:

    @John—I’m not at liberty to say until the publishing deal is final.


    John left a comment on 10/16/2013 at 3:14 PM:

    Who’s publishing your book?!


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  • Pins and Tears

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    If you haven't stopped by Collection lately, my ongoing curation of image tears, quotes, and original photographs, pop in (on something other than your iPhone) for a peek into what's been inspiring me this fall. You might just find yourself...inspired.

    Sep 20, 2013 | Permalink (1) View/Leave Comments

    Rooster left a comment on 11/3/2013 at 12:49 AM:

    Your Pins and Tears collection is beautiful. You obviously put a lot of time in the selections. Did you do any of the art work? I hope more of your readers catch it. I almost passed it by.


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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel Trailer

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    Rejoice, Wes Anderson fans, rejoice. Our favorite director and conspirator of worlds quirky and eclectic, has recently released the trailer for his latest work “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The ensemble comedy about a hotel concierge who strikes up a friendship with a lobby boy at the ritzy hotel at which they work in 1920s Europe is fantastically rich (the mustaches are a nice touch). It might be his most ambitious film to date. Anderson enlists a star-powered cast of Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Defoe, Jude Law, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, and usual suspects Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwartzman. “The Grant Budapest Hotel” is set to release March 7, 2014. Which Wes Anderson film is your favorite?

    Sep 18, 2013 | Permalink (11) View/Leave Comments

    Alex left a comment on 11/3/2013 at 4:21 AM:

    @ Dylan Russell:

    A 12 year old kid listening to The Creation? Can you get any cooler than that? I’m in my 40s now, and I started listening to The Creation when I was about 17… And they were far before my time too! Same with The Faces, The Kinks, The Who or The Beach Boys whose music can be found on several Wes Anderson film soundtracks.

    Keep it up, young man. Your music taste is red with purple flashes! ;-)


    Brian left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 10:54 AM:

    Rushmore!


    Ben left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 5:59 AM:

    Even though it might be a little odd: I love “Fantastic Mr. Fox”!!!


    Colter left a comment on 10/30/2013 at 2:54 AM:

    The Aquatic life, of course!!


    Dylan Russell left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:21 PM:

    I have some diverse musical taste now because I saw Wes Anderson’s Rushmore and Moon Rise Kingdom. Which is why Wes Anderson is my all time favorite director. I am 12 years old and the only one who listens to Hank Williams senior and the creation.


    Kimberly left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:08 PM:

    Rushmore is by far my favourite!


    Esposito left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 10:04 PM:

    Thanks for the view of the trailer. I love to watch Wes Anderson films with my two sons. We get on these kicks where we quote Wes Anderson dialogue in most everything we do.


    Orgastic Future left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 6:00 PM:

    “I SAVED LATIN!”


    cam left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 5:48 PM:

    The Royal Tenenbaums. Did you catch SNLs Wes Anderson spoof?


    emjkmj left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 3:35 PM:

    Made my day.


    Sarah left a comment on 10/29/2013 at 2:40 PM:

    My favorite is, by far, The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders. Or, at least, it would be, if it was real ;)


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  • Apples to Apples

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    "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."

    —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

    The New York air is crisp again. The cool of autumn rolls in, slow and steady, like an ocean liner. This signals not only a permanent respite from the heat of summer, but that apples are ripe for the picking. Apple picking in New York and New England is an idyllic way to waste a Saturday. With my boys in town for the week, it means the perfect chance to escape the city for the weekend, create some lasting memories, and actually eat apples plucked right off the branch. Just the way Mother Nature intended.

    We head up to Masker Orchards just an hour outside of Manhattan with some friends. A haze of fog lingers just above the stunted tree tops. The Hudson Valley morning is overcast, the air still wet from the night before. It quenches whatever thirst we've mustered on the drive up as we breathe it in. Apple donuts (tasty), hot dogs (not even remotely close to tasty), a haunted house, pony rides, and suburbia cover the base of the orchard. We make a beeline to the Red Delicious patch, meandering from tree to tree like pollinating bees. I reach to the sky and come down with a Delicious that swallows my hand. The first bite is crisp, light, and makes that hollow cracking sound.

    It's clean. Pure. Crisp. It tastes like life starting all over again.

    Sep 4, 2013 | Permalink (3) View/Leave Comments

    NJGlenn left a comment on 10/10/2013 at 1:57 PM:

    Love Masker Orchard, it’s an annual tradition for my family! And I concur, the hot dogs are atrocious. It’s a couple of months away but if you’re going to be looking for a Christmas Tree, Palmer’s Tree Farm in Bethel, PA is a great place.  And tailgating is encouraged.


    Leith left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 12:35 PM:

    I am going to go ahead and leave the expected “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” comment here.  Your sons look exactly like you.


    CMQ left a comment on 10/9/2013 at 11:35 AM:

    What lucky boys to have a dad who so beautifully photo-documents such moments! A beautifully done post about a much-loved fall tradition.


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