Friday, April 28, 2006

Novelist Jonathan Carroll Writes About The Sartorialist

The novelist Jonathan Carroll wrote a very kind and thoughtful post about The Sartorialist on his blog today

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A fan of Simon Haden (maybe it was even Haden himself in disguise) sent a link to a website that made me smile. It’s called “The Sartorialist” and run by a guy who loves men’s, and to a lesser degree, women’s fashion. He goes around the streets of New York taking photos of well dressed people and posting them with short comments on his site. Besides being witty and insightful, what I like best is his obsession/passion for the subject. Whether it is postage stamps, armadillos, meerschaum pipes, or fashion, it’s always a happy moment to meet up with someone who’s obsessive in an original way about something. That’s one of the reasons why I chose to write about the very real Josef Kyselak in GLASS SOUP: I just loved the idea that someone could be obsessed with the usually mundane act of writing your name. What’s enjoyable too about The Sartorialist are the expressions on the faces of his subjects. They’re almost all smiling in happy, unposed ways. It’s obvious they’re delighted to have been stopped for this picture. Flattered that someone in the know, a stranger, said to them out of the blue you’re dressed wonderfully today. Can I take your picture to post on my website? There isn’t an ounce of smug in any of their expressions. In fact many, no matter how old or sophisticated they are, are smiling with real delight. They’re thrilled by this nice surprise and the expressions on their faces are an inch or two away from the joy of children.

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  1. MissPinkKate

    April 28, 2006 at 8:33 am

    He is right about that- I dream of the day I get stopped by The Sartorialist for a picture!

  2. Anonymous

    April 28, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Jonathan Carroll’s daily blog on his website is one of the best and most consistently entertaining on the internet. I read it every day. Congrats to you for showing up there!

    Anby Burley
    Helsinki

  3. shobhana

    April 28, 2006 at 10:11 am

    that’s lovely!

  4. eurobrat

    April 28, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    how true!

  5. Marc

    April 28, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I have to say, it’s true. You have one of the best and most consistently interesting blogs I have seen. What’s especially great is that you don’t feature people who are clearly trying to show off their fancy clothes. You pick people who are genuinely stylish and who seem to be dressing for themselves. Also, you pick people from all backgrounds and, especially impressive, all age groups, which is so important. In short, you feature people comfortable in their own skins and clothes and not kitted out in head to toe “designer” gear. And isn’t that what style is all about?

  6. Tara

    March 21, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    aww this is so exactly true.

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