Another in the list of reasons to shave with a straight: literary cred. According to Charles Bukowski, it’s tough, in a way that’s worth doing well. It’s hard, like “brush[ing] your teeth with gasoline,” or “drink[ing] buckshot and beer.” Not quite so hard, however, as poetry.
For more on this poem, check out the original link at brainpickings.org.
The cycling enthusiast David Byrne once related in an interview that, when he appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1986, his father quipped that it was all over. That is, by the time Time magazine catches up with you, you’re yesterday’s news.
Now, I happen to think that had already been true of the auteur behind True Stories for some time by 1986, but that’s another matter, outside the scope of this post.
What concerns us here is whether straight razor shaving has hit the mainstream, and with exposure lost its edge. Today, Conan O’Brien, the desultory late night talk show host, made his first foray into the crowded field of online shaving videos.
By tipping his hat this way to Geofatboy, he has at once given the master of the shave video the imprimatur of someone who was big back when broadcast still mattered and tolled the death knell for any kind of alternative cred straight shaving may have aspired to. Once Conan’s tapped you, you’re tame. And once this thing goes viral, you can forget about ever finding a bargain Filarmonica on Ebay.