This week, Perks is bringing you an exclusive invite to spend Labor Day weekend in Napa with Thomas Keller, hanging out at the French Laundry, and he’ll take you on a culinary whirlwind of catered meals and demonstrations. Save your appetite.
Things to do for July 15, 2010
Hemingway, Tabasco and Mad Men
The weekend is making you a mojito.
Shoes from Hemingway’s Son
Hemingway’s inspired you to run with the bulls, hunt elephants in the African bush and grow a righteous white beard. And now Hemingway’s 80-something son has created a line of footwear designed to be worn without socks, because evidently Papa hated them. Call it a farewell to socks.
Mad Men, Explained
The scotch. The constant smoking. The yearning far-off looks. Yes, you’ve cultivated quite an air of mystery over the years, not unlike Don Draper. That mystery is somewhat explained by this book, which serves as an annotated guide to the show’s myriad references to ’60s culture. The chapter on chain-smoking is essential reading.
Write Like a Legendary Author
Your expense reports have always been the stuff of great fiction. And now, you can take that report (or blog post or epic ode to the majesty of LeBron’s selfishness), and copy it onto this new site. Give it a minute, as it runs countless tests and analyses, and soon you’ll see what famous author you write like. And since you’re already wearing Hemingway’s shoes...
Introducing the Denim Tabasco Holster
It happens every time. You’re out, and your egg sandwich, burger and/or ice cream cone needs a little bit of punch, and there’s not a bottle of Tabasco in sight. The elegant, thinking-person’s solution: taking a holster made of pure denim and hitching a bottle of hot sauce to your belt. Actually, it’s not so obvious at all.
The Secret Identity Kit
It worked for Clark Kent; it can work for you: thick-framed eyeglasses, worn as a disguise. That’s the idea behind these glasses, from NYC’s Matt Singer, who might have outfitted you in an oxford shirt or two. They’re inscribed with the text “strive to be boring,” which, again, worked for Clark Kent.