I begin this post, staring at the clock and it reads 4.32 am, still in a state of shock. Earlier on in the day, I met a surprise on my Facebook feed when I found out the image above was not only chosen to advertise the Rhode Island School Of Design Museum's "Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men Of Fashion" exhibit but that this image would be on a billboard on ...... wait for it .....the Interstate 95 (for those who aren't familiar with the I-95, this highway connects the Canadian border all the way south to Miami, Florida. That's nearly 2000 miles. Needless to say that this is a pretty big deal).
In case you were wondering, no, I did not morph into a White woman, suddenly find myself pregnant and flee to France. What did happen though, my natural interests in many things French and the human psyche piqued my interest enough to pick up both titles. Now, I know what you're thinking - what is a young twenty-something Black man with no children on the way or to speak of looking for in a book related to "French" parenting? Well, after reading both books, I realized how it's contents are connected to most of our societal problems in America, but more on that later.
To be brief, my interests and tastes over the last few years has been steadily shifting with each new acquaintance I've made, especially if they were not born or spent their formative years in America. Whenever possible, I love hearing about their backgrounds and how it differed from my humble Brooklyn beginnings, even if those beginnings were pretty similar to what were written by both of these authors.
Learning a great deal about some subtle (and not so subtle) differences between America and other developed nations across the globe had me feeling very conflicted about the country of my birth. From our gun culture to wedding culture to pop culture to the way we consume food, down to how menswear is approached in America in comparison to Europe, for instance, I find myself leaning towards a more liberal, "worldly" point of view.
Don't get me wrong, it goes without saying that every first world nation has their respective laundry list of problems and none of these statements are complete blanket statements, either. There are lots to love about this great country. I am merely expressing how I viewed the world at one point and how I presently view it.
Which brings us back to these two books and why I felt the urge to read them. I've always considered myself pretty good with children, rarely have I come across a little one who didn't warm up to me shortly after meeting them. Along with that, I honestly do look forward to getting a little older and inviting children into the picture when the time is right. In the meantime, part of me does wonder, "how exactly does a French parent raise their child in comparison with how I understand the ways American children are raised?"
Oh hey, it's been awhile. So I'm adding a few new elements to this here blog to not only add depth on top of the general style subjects, features and whatnot but also to keep a level of constancy to the site.
On a given day, I open many links (thanks, Twitter), read many stories, come across many images and find sources of inspiration in many different places. Along with that, consuming books and magazines, television programs, anything related to pop culture, be it present or past. All of these elements are part of the package that are more than instrumental in molding our personal style and tastes, respectively.
And here are a ten images (that I will post weekly)..... entities that I've come across recently (or that I've referenced on more than one occasion) that keep my mind's engine racing to continue creating (or re-creating) new ideas and concepts.