Category Archives: Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks’s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

I want to tell you about an object or service or good of questionable importance and presumably little market value — though I personally believe the object or service or good is pretty nifty, and think you should know about it — but will first make you endure a 300 to 400 word introduction, all the while employing sentences that are too long and divided by too many parenthetical phrases — all part of my attempt to get to some sort of point about the object or good or service in question. This introduction will more than likely include an anecdote of questionable relevance and/or taste, causing you to lose sight of the object or service or good in question — even though, as I said, I think it’s pretty nifty — thereby rendering its importance all the more marginal, thus even further reducing its already limited market value. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Gentleman of Leisure.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: eBaying Under the Influence.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.    

Ah, January! A new year, fresh beginnings, resolute resolutions (not all the adjectives can be good), and, of course, the start of National Sobering Up Month here at the Gentleman of Leisure Institute for Higher Learning of Useless Things and Various Other Even More Useless Things (Dynasty XII Middle Egyptian, for instance, or perhaps Post-Amarna representations of sun deities; I wish I was joking). And so, I thought January might be the perfect time to write a column dedicated to my continued, firmly held belief that my computer should be armed with a breathalyzer, especially when it pertains to online purchases. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: eBaying Under the Influence.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Goods 4 Good 4 the Holidays.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

With the holiday season upon us, I am reminded that by familial disposition I am both a really lousy gift-giver and in a perpetual state of geographic dislocation. During the rest of the year, I suffer from an inordinate amount of seemingly good ideas that, through their implementation, tend to spiral out of control. And so, what follows is a tale, rambling in nature (if pressed for time, I would skip down to the third paragraph from the bottom), about the Goods 4 Good holiday e-card, why they are incredible, and why you should be sending them this December. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Goods 4 Good 4 the Holidays.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Hamilton 1883.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

I am a man of simple tastes and many, many overly-complicated sentences. Unfortunately, the latter part of this statement means that I sometimes have to sacrifice my bloggitudinal output in favor of printed words (they do still exist!), where pay is measured in dollars rather than hay-pennies, and deadlines revolve around months rather than decimal-minutes. Extending this blogrithmetic a little further, 125 years in normal time is approximately one month in internet time, ergo, my writing about a new shirt line one month after its launch is the exact same thing as the shirt company itself celebrating its 125th anniversary! Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Hamilton 1883.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: New Balance 993s.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

With 6 p.m. being the start of what I’ve termed our household’s Neil Diamond/Yanni Listening Hour, I don’t like to think of myself as an avid runner so much as a man who has tried, once a day for the past ten years, to escape his family on foot, only to change his mind three to five miles down the road. I’ve come to enjoy these bust outs from Marksatraz, and, to a certain extent, the rhythmic monotony that comes with them –- the drumming of sneaker-to-pavement, my iTunes perpetually stuck in 1997 guilty-pleasure mode, my wandering, limitless thoughts (mostly about iguanas) after a day spent chained to a desk. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: New Balance 993s.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Hanuk.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

When an affordable 8 mm camera came onto the market in the 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola predicted, “one day, some little fat girl in Ohio is going to be the new Mozart.” Little did he know that with the advent of inexpensive digital cameras, social networking sites, and blogs, that little fat girl from Ohio would turn out to be a puckish Korean gentleman named Hanuk. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Hanuk.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Shaving.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

Once upon a time, all a man needed for a good shave was a sharp blade, a bar of soap, an old mug, and a freshly caught badger (the bristles for lathering, the haunches for eating). But as razors started taking on the names and structural components once reserved for F-16 fighter jets, we entered the Era of the Product, and my bathroom soon filled with enough balms, salves, and ointments to give the pachyderms at Barnum and Bailey’s a spa day. Pre- shave, post-shave, meta-shave, inter- and intra-shave — prefixes so difficult to parse that I did what any sensible person would do; I grew a beard. But when my facial hair transitioned from refined to academic to Unabomber-esque, I thought it high time to go back to the medicine cabinet. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Shaving.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Moscot.

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

Last week, Guy Trebay wrote about his ocular trials and tribulations over the discontinuance of the Oliver Peoples frame the O’Malley, his go-to pair of glasses since the 1980s. I could not empathize more with this ophthalmological plight. And while Mr. Trebay’s article was bound by the constraints of traditional print media (getting paid for his writing, it subsequently appearing in print, etc. etc.), the blogosphere is an infinite resource, run by a room full of gerbils hopped up on amphetamine (little known fact!), allowing me to go into rather specific, almost ludicrous detail about my own eyewear struggles, while employing overly long appositional phrases riddled with punctuation errors. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Moscot.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Summer of the Short.

shorts

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

With numerous articles and style guides proclaiming that we are now in the midst of The Summer of the Short, this week, I serve as one part Miss Emily Post, one part Captain Quint from Jaws, steering us through the treacherous shoals and animatronic shark-infested waters of the half- and quarter-pant, in this, the Gentleman of Leisure’s Guide to the Proper Usage of the Beshortened Pantaloon — or GoLGPUBP for short(s). Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Summer of the Short.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Off the Wall.

OfftheWall

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

When questioned about the identities of my favorite musicians, I’ve always said that Levon Helm (and Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson of the Band) and Diana Ross (along with Florence Ballard, Mary Wilson, and Betty McGlown of the Supremes) formed the Holy Trinity of American Popular Music. This has been my strongly held belief for many years, and I’d only concede two points in the matter: that The Band was four-fifths Canadian, and that, as per its name, a Trinity usually suggests a triad of something. For some reason, I was never willing to reveal who I thought should join Mr. Helm and Ms. Ross at the top of America’s musical pantheon. Sadly, the third member of this Trinity passed away yesterday. And so, I thought I’d spend some time talking about what this humble columnist believes to be one of the greatest records of all time, Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Off the Wall.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Cire Trudon.

Death_of_Marat_by_David-CireTrudon2

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

Rarely do candles make one want to channel one’s inner Sarah Boyle and sing major portions of Les Miserables, let alone write a column with an almost unforgivable number of wax and/or candle puns, most of them rendered in French. But révolution (note: French for “revolution”) seems to be in the air. What does it smell like? For Ramdane Touhame, renegade Parisian fashion designer cum candle maker to Maison de Cire Trudon, the world’s oldest manufacturer of wax goods, the answer’s simple enough: “It smells of burned bread. The revolution in France started when people did not have enough bread to eat.” Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Cire Trudon.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Pimm’s.

Pimms

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

A writer? Drinking?! Alas, I jest not. Back in 2005, I took up the bad habit of editing under the influence. After a post-dinner glass of my favorite wine, I’d sit down to revise whatever I’d written that day, and for a while, I was merry as a lark — however merry that may be. The only problem occurred late one night, when I became so taken with the spirit(s) that I accidentally inverted the backgrounds of two characters. Thanks to a $2.50 glass of Shiraz, Tom, once a soldier returning to Vermont, and Sally, a down on her luck waitress from Pasadena, somehow became Sally, the war-weary soldier, and Tom, a waitress forlornly flipping flapjacks. I didn’t catch this problem for at least one hundred pages.

Though it might have been more helpful to have my computer retrofitted with a breathalyzer, I instead picked up a bottle of Pimm’s No. 1. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Pimm’s.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Tassimo Beverage System.

Tassimomartin

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

Let me make one thing clear: I need coffee. I need it good, I need it strong, I need it often, and I need it nearby. Surprisingly, this leaves very few alternatives. Starbucks? Two years of college Italian, a semester of Calculus, and I still can’t parse the various cup names and their corresponding sizes. The nearest source of caffeine that passes the Gent. o’ Leis. test? A restaurant called Havana, located at the intersection of S. Dixie Highway and Forest Hill Boulevard — so, so SoHo, it’s in South Florida. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Tassimo Beverage System.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Brioni Blazers.

gol51509

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

Unless the Disney Corporation options one of my novels (hint, hint), I’d never be able to afford even a buttonhole hand-stitched by the master tailors at the Italian House of Brioni, let alone my go-to coat, the navy blazer pictured above. Thankfully, as part of his ongoing campaign to keep me in the lifestyle to which I’ve grown accustomed, my father has the bad habit of going to work. This means that for several hours of the day, his closet stands unguarded. Silly, silly man.

For there, under the pallid glow of his closet lights, once shone the gold buttons with inlaid enamel, the red silk inner lining that peeked out from under the notched lapels, the lustrous matte finish of his Brioni blazer. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Brioni Blazers.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.

Gentleman of Leisure: Dettol.

dettol

Gentleman of Leisure is writer, erstwhile lecturer and notionally overeducated Martin Marks‘s PAPERMAG column on the things he likes and why.

While the greenies may cling to those bottles of Dr. Bronner’s All-Purpose Soap for their post-Coachella hose downs, and the slightly fancier set might relish the one part toffee apple, one part turkey jerky bouquet of Kiehl’s Amber Bath and Shower Gel, I’m hardly ever in a trifling mood when it comes to cleanliness. That’s why I use Dettol. Read more at PAPERMag.com.

Comments Off on Gentleman of Leisure: Dettol.

Filed under A Few Things I have Written Elsewhere//, Gentleman of Leisure.