“The Bathroom Attendant: 20 W 29th St” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from my piece “The Bathroom Attendant: 20 W 29th Street” as seen on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Welcome, sir. And won’t you allow this gentleman to open a set of brass doors for you? And then allow a second gentleman to open a second set. Pass low tables packed with bearded freelancers basking in the blue glow of their MacBook Airs. Ignore the delicious smell of freshly fried scotch eggs wafting through the air. The food can wait; there’s business to attend to. Traipse down the stairs, list to the right and here it is: A black-lacquered lavatory suitable for graphic designers, entrepreneurs, and you. 

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“Ask a Lady: Money Talks” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

IMG_3108The following is an excerpt from my column, “Ask a Lady: Money Talks” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Money. There are television shows about it, books written on it, websites dedicated to its discussion. Empires rise and fall on the ebb and flow of the greenback tide. We handle it every day. Its existence is unavoidable, omnipresent. But when it comes to talking about cash, one-on-one, what’s appropriate?

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Field Trip: “Ask a Lady: No Hair Don’t Care” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

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The following is an excerpt from my regular “Ask a Lady” column, as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

For a man in his prime, even a few hairs in the sink on a Sunday morning can wreak havoc on his self confidence. Questions probably arise: Will my standing at work diminish? Will my dating and romantic life take a hit? How will I know which SPF is appropriate for my head? None are particularly fun things to ponder. In short: is losing my hair going to be a massive inconvenience? After all, hair is one of man’s few vanities. We like when a guy gets ruts under his eyes and crow’s feet – those mean he’s lived. Men have been able to pull off jowls, age-induced robustness, and going gray with enviable aplomb, but losing one’s hair strikes a particular nerve. But does it have to?

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Field Trip: “The Bathroom Attendant” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine

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The following is an excerpt from the recent column in our regularly recurring column, “The Bathroom Attendant,” as featured on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine.

While the guest quarters of Los Angeles’ most iconic hotel adhere to a strict “less is more” policy, the same cannot be said of their lobby bathrooms. They forgo the miminal charm you’ll find upstairs for decor that’s slick as a pair of leather pants. (It’s a rockstar-friendly spot, after all). Done up in French country style, the bathroom features Rococo wallpaper, a hanging chandelier, and white lacquer doors so shiny you won’t need a mirror. Did we mention the fancy hand towels? They have very fancy hand towels. 

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Field Trip: “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from the latest installment of my  “A Boy. A Beard. A Blurb.” column on Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Expectations for Suleiman the Magnificent (1494-1566), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire for 46 epic years, were crushingly high from the start. Born a “child of destiny,” his success had been foretold by the stars. Not wanting to screw anything up, Suleiman’s family expertly groomed him (not a shaving joke) for the whole ruler thing from the onset. He attended the finest insitutions and would go on to speak five languages.

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Field Trip: “A Man. A Mustache. A Mantra” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from my ongoing series for Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish author, poet, essayist, and overall writerly gent with a look that teetered between rail-thin rock star and elegant cowboy. He produced such epic works as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the kid-friendly adventure story Treasure Island.

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Field Trip: “Ask a Lady” on Harry’s Five O’Clock Mag

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The following is an excerpt from my latest “Ask a Lady” column in Harry’s Five O’Clock Magazine:

So you’re meeting a girl for a blind date. You’ve heard amazing things about her. Good job, nice family, speaks five languages, can cook a mean omelet… she even has an active HBO GO password that isn’t being poached by all her friends. You open the door to the restaurant, only to come face-to-face with the woman in question, wearing the fashion equivalent of Lady Gaga’s meat dress. BAM! Suddenly, all possibilities vanish in an instant, because meat dresses, as one might imagine, are kind of a deal-breaker.

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