August 07, 2022
The Digest - August 2022
UNCOMMON RADIO - 'SUMMER SUN'
We're still keeping our creative juices flowing with these sonic sounds of summer. With over three hours of music - set your spotify to crossfade the playback 10 seconds and slow down, imbibe, and get curious. Ride the groove.
Eat at 'Le Gratin' - NYC
I recently had the pleasure of dining at Le Gratin, where the space, the menu, and the company reminded me of the importance of a thoughtful and slow dining experience. Just opened in the downtown Financial District of Manhattan, Le Gratin is a brilliant blend of old New York, traditional Lyon, France, and modernity. Located on the first floor of the Beekman Hotel, the interior design harkens back to the bistros of France with its marble floors, wooden chairs, cigar-colored banquettes, and decorative floral tiles. The menu is equally breathtaking with Lyonnaise classics but also local seasonal offerings to share. Chef Daniel Boulud offers a special place to enjoy slow living and the good things in life - sharing food, conversation, and hearty ideas. Eat here when you're in town.
'Darhel Anthony's Budding Atelier, Coup de Grâce, Celebrates the Beauty - and the Pain - of Process' - Strider Magazine
Head over to Strider Magazine to read an in-depth feature on Darhel Anthony, a friend of UM, and the brilliant mind (and hands) behind Coup de Grace. His work is a passionate pursuit of truth and beauty, something every uncommon man is moved by.
On Instagram @Darhelanthony
'A Letter to the Americans' Jean Cocteau
Following a visit to New York City in 1949, artist Jean Cocteau wrote an essay that is equal parts a reminder of America's greatness and her cultural obstacles. Like Alexis de Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America,' Cocteau writes to a flawed but great nation still free enough to awake and fully realize America's promise. Translated for the first time in English and as relevant and poetic as ever.
'The Golden Age of Thrifting Is Over' - NY Times
Like many, I grew up thrifting to find affordable classic pieces from earlier times of American-made quality. And like many, I've noticed the increasing lack of quality when thrifting. While the great American goods have been curated by top-tier vintage stores, fast fashion has invaded your neighborhood Goodwill and Salvation Army. Here's a great article from NYT on this topic - yet another reminder of the importance of a slow, sustainable style.
'Thief' (1981) - starring James Caan, directed by Michael Mann
In honor of the late great James Caan, we bring you one of his best performances, unsung by the masses, applauded by those in the know. Directed by auteur Michael Mann, the film brings us into the slick neon-bathed world of Frank, an unmatched safe-cracker, and his attempt to escape his fate of heists. It's action-packed, drenched in style, and brimming with detail. Stream over at Tubi.
Curated, as always, by John Marks from The American Traditional. For more, from the desk of The American Traditional, follow this link.