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The Hottest New Thing: Narcissism is Stupid

It is an old cultural reality. Very old. Those who achieve power over others tend to feel as though they deserve that power. They tend to become narcissists, and they tend to attract other narcissists around them. Think of a king and his court, oblivious to the travails of the average people who are excluded from their banquets. Life has been  a race to the top, and one did not win that race by advertising that you  care about others.

But consider this point from Forbes

Traditional management models of command and control have, in many contexts, been replaced, by more distributed leadership approaches focused on motivating people by creating positive working environments where individuals throughout the organisation can grow, develop and share the leadership responsibilities.

As the article points out, many are still drawn to the heroic individual who tends towards narcissism. But the magic that this sort of person has traditionally been able to command fades when performance requires collaboration (which is more often the norm these days).

In other words, the era of the narcissist business leader may be drawing to a close. Leadership requires empathy and collaboration that the narcissist simply cannot produce.

I wonder when this will be translated by artists into their works. When will we start seeing movies that portray the narcissistic leader as a loser? Narcissism as stupid. And when will we see that role model replaced by a different sort of  person who exudes success?

The deeper story line is that it is becoming less cool to be obviously clueless. Even if you look good in a suit or a dress, if you are brain dead, you are becoming less cool than the nerd who can actually get stuff done. Being smart is the new hot thing. And being smart means being less self-absorbed.

Is this evidence of a cultural shift?  Lordy! What will happen to Donald Trump?


Is Pollen Street Social London’s Best restaurant?

The “Good Food” Guide says yes! Errr … well, it is in a tie, apparently with Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

What does it look like?

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And there is a bar

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All of this is very chi chi. Or, as The Spectator would say, very much under control.

Pollen Street Social is a ‘modern urban meeting point’ according to the babble on the website, which is ever more deranged, and makes me think: as opposed to what? It is the flagship restaurant of Jason Atherton, who was named best restaurateur at the GQ Food and Drink Awards last year. Condé Nast again; hacks praise what they can reach. When Evening Standard writers were allowed to drink like men, the Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street was serial pub of the year. Atherton is a Vogue House man from shoe to shining shoe. He is at least one third wristwatch. He poses in a tuxedo on his website and pouts at salad. What has it done to him? Is it his nemesis?

I am sure that the Pollen Street Social is a delightful place. A place to show off your new jacket and hair cut, even if hair is in short supply.  And you go because the prices are outrageous, not despite the bill. That, my dear, shows that you are above it all.

The restaurant in Shaw’s heaven?

Yes, Karl Lagerfeld is Nuts

The great one has gotten a lot of press with this

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Errr … fashion goes digital?  Wired has more

The idea was to juxtapose the computer gear—hardware—and the clothes. It was also, one could assume, a not-so-subtle wink at the show’s attendees, many of whom recorded the whole thing via Instagram (photos that live somewhere in one of Facebook’s sprawling data farms).

It is not so crazy if you start from the premise that the purpose of high fashion is to get attention.

Do You Need a “One Shirt Solution”?

Of course you do! And this advice might help you. Wes Siler writes

…  I prefer wearing Patagonia Merino Air base layers for active pursuits in sub-freezing weather, and find the style of Trew’s T-shirts to be far superior for wearing around the house. But, if you need one performance shirt that can work in moderate temperatures as well as it does heat, and which will resist stink for days, then this probably is the best option yet. It truly is a one-shirt solution for summer playtime outdoors. 

The “resist stink for days” concept is appealing. So we are talking about the “”Voormi” with dual surface UL fabric. Wes did everything possible to wreck one of these babies, aside using it to cook fish and  he gives it a thumbs up!

Voormi has a nice tagline “Return to  Real”.  And they mean it — their wool comes from real places,  it is meant for real conditions, and it has real impact on communities. None of that candy ass fake stuff!

i like it. BTW, my brother turned me on to wool shirts a while back. They are very nice indeed! Again guys, the resist stink for days concept is something you need to keep in mind.