A Week in the Life
Forgive this delayed newsletter—I have not forgotten about The Contender readers! It was a big week with the release of The Optimist, book signings on two coasts, podcasts and general chaos. So we’ll do a little bookkeeping here and then get on a more steady schedule now that things return to a relatively normal state.
For those asking about signed copies of The Optimist they will have them at Three Lives bookstore in New York (and they’ll happily ship). They might still have some at the Todd Snyder Madison Park store (they sold out online), so you can call to order.
If you want to hear even more about my fly fishing obsession, I discussed that on The Art of Manliness podcast. Then there was general mayhem over on How Long Gone (Patagonia, tote bags, R.E.M. CDs, voice over artistry).
Look for a series of products coming out in the next few weeks. Boat shoes with Rancourt (this weekend on Huckberry), sunglasses with Kirk Originals (next week), Swordfish hats with Quaker Marine (end of May). Which should keep all of us busy.
Last week I went to the Frick (which is now in the old Whitney on Madison). It was wonderful to see favorite old paintings in a new context. I’m ready to reconnect with some other old friends, and can’t wait to get back to Film Forum. I wonder if other people are having strong feelings about specific things. That you want to wear a yellow Oxford shirt and grill dinner outside. That you want to drive to Maine and see a lighthouse. I saw a very nice cocktail glass in a bar and could not get over how civilized it seemed to me. I think there are going to be many reunions and rediscoveries this summer.
So: this newsletter is going to return to what it was before it was hijacked by a book. Theories on clothes (thoughts on loafers and some on linen are banging in my head), travel itineraries (can not shake Maine from my mind, and there will definitely be a Montana road trip this fall), and a drinking and eating agenda. Some question and answer sessions, and my box is open to suggestions on what you want to hear about. It will all be heading your way.
Look alive out there,
I'm loving the book – it's been keeping me sane through law school finals, and reminding me that there's a fly-fishing shop right around the corner from me, so I really don't have an excuse not to give it a try.
Loved the book - couldn’t put it down! Anything about outdoor grilling would be a great read in the newsletter: any open fire cooking stories from Patagonia or your own attempts?