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Odds & Ends: May 19, 2023

No, Timeless Style Is Not a Made Up Marketing Term. There’s been a debate brewing in the world of men’s style as to whether or not “timeless style” exists. Andy Snavely from Primer Magazine makes the case that there is such a thing as timeless style, and while he’s at it, he explores the differences between fads, micro-trends, and macro-trends. 

The Hunting Hypothesis by Robert Ardrey.   In The Hunting Hypothesis, Robert Ardrey presents an argument for the role of hunting in human evolution, attributing it to the development of speech, cooperation, abstract thinking, and tool-making. He suggests men were selected for hunting due to their physical attributes and risk-taking nature. Initially controversial, this 1976 theory is now accepted by many social scientists. The ideas in the book are interesting, but it’s also just a fun and engaging read. Besides being a paleoanthropologist, Ardrey was a playwright and used his skill to craft enjoyable-to-read prose.

The Huckberry Weekender Sunglasses. Summer is almost here; are you in need of a new pair of shades? My go-to sunglasses for the past few years have been the Weekender Sunglasses from Huckberry. You can read my full write-up on them here, but the TLDR is that they’re affordable and durable and look cool. I’m picking up an extra pair to get ready for all the adventures our family has planned for this summer.

Plato’s Symposium: The Dialectic of Reason, Love, and Wisdom.  A great video introduction to Plato’s dialogue about how love can lead us to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. You can find more of Michael Sugrue’s Great Courses lectures for free on his YouTube Channel

Quote of the Week

Life is like a game of cards. Reliability the ace, industry the king, politeness the queen, thrift the jack. Common sense is playing to the best advantage the cards you draw. And every day, as the game proceeds, you will find the ace, king, queen, jack in your hand and opportunity to use them.

—Edgar Watson Howe 

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