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The Best Way to Shave Your Face (Video)

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Troy Patterson.
Troy Patterson.

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I’m a big fan of yours, despite being what the medical community calls elderly (I’m 70). I like your very smooth writing. I also like your standard Slate photo, which shows you also to be a very smooth individual.

Hence my discomfiture on seeing your videos, where you display a most unsmooth, even scruffy growth of facial hair. Here’s hoping you’ll discard this trendy but unattractive look ASAP. Eventually, of course, this kind of grunge will be passé, but perhaps, realizing that this look does violence to your unique visage, you’ll come to your senses well before then.

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Thank you for reading, and thank you very much for your kind note, and OK, yes, ma’am.

Troy Patterson is Slate’s writer at large and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.