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A sampling of the author’s extensive sweater collection, from top: a silk/cashmere blend from Orvis and a lambswool sweater, ancient bulky thing and Norwegian sweater with rare red thingies from L.L. Bean. Photo by Patrick L. Sullivan

How to Navigate Sweater Weather Without Breaking a Sweat

I have a lot of sweaters, and they all get worn under different circumstances.

First thing you need to decide: Am I going to wear a sweater under a sport coat? As a stand-alone garment, or under some type of coat?

Second thing: Do I have the physique for a thinnish, clinging sweater?

Chris Pouler’s portraits of refugees put a human face on a global crisis. This 10-year-old Syrian girl was killed by a Russian bomb after the photo was taken that Pouler used for the portrait. Image from Chris Poule

Works by Pouler Bring Global Refugee Crisis to Life

A new show of work by painter Chris Pouler of Salisbury, Conn., opens at the Warren Family Gallery at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., with a reception on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The show runs through Dec. 18.

One of the joys of Jeeves is that most of the titles are reissued periodically, so that you can collect multiple versions of your favorites. Photo by Cynthia Hochswender​

Why We Love Wodehouse

Every autumn I reread old favorites from Robert Parker, Rex Stout, Eric Ambler. 

And P.G. Wodehouse.

It’s hard to find a writer with a better grasp of the language than Wodehouse. 

For example:

Hardly anybody walks or comes into a room.

In Wodehouse World, they ankle, or sidle, or charge, or curvet.

Halloween Begins Right Now!

Perhaps it’s because this has been such an outstandingly horrible two years, or maybe it’s because we’re all wearing masks anyway so why not just go Full Halloween Costume?

Whatever the reason, there seems to be a super abundance of Halloween events planned for this year. 

So far, here’s what we know:


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