Troy Patterson
Troy Patterson Troy Patterson

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

Brow Beat
Dec. 16 2013 1:08 PMThe Secret Wisdom of Peter O’Toole
Drink
Dec. 10 2013 10:15 AMThey Released a Ron Burgundy ScotchIt’s … not terrible.
Gentleman Scholar
Dec. 4 2013 5:02 PMWhy Can’t I Button the Bottom Button of My Jacket?Also, am I definitely gross if I compliment a woman on her haircut?
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 20 2013 3:00 PMYes, There Is Great Music for Kids out There—Well, Better Than Raffi, Anyway
Brow Beat
Nov. 7 2013 4:02 PMGeorge Washington Was the First Dude
Books
Nov. 6 2013 7:00 AM… Is It Something I Said?The genius and emptiness of Richard Pryor.
Cool Story
Oct. 29 2013 2:45 PMThe Coolest Movie of All TimeGodard’s Contempt, 50 years old this week.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 16 2013 4:13 PMWhat Should a Gentleman Smell Like?Bay rum.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 2 2013 4:32 PMWhat Does Manhood Mean in 2013?Stop defining manhood against women. Start defining it against boys. And go get a good shave.
Drink
Sept. 16 2013 5:38 AMEvery Ivy League School Has a Cocktail Named After ItBut not all of them are elite. Here are the best and worst.
Entertaining
Sept. 11 2013 8:00 AMEntertaining Rule No. 8: Stock Your Bar with Orange Liqueur
Drink
Aug. 30 2013 4:15 PMThe Rum and CokeHow to improve upon the classic mediocre Caribbean-American highball.
Brow Beat
Aug. 29 2013 10:17 AMPop Music Has Terrible Taste in Alcohol
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 21 2013 11:31 AMI’m an Older Gentleman. Why Do Clerks Love to Call Me Young Man?Sir, buddy, youngblood, hoss: What to call someone whose name you don’t know.
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 14 2013 2:23 PMA Gentleman’s Guide to the ShoreOyster advice! Boating etiquette! Ween!
Gentleman Scholar
Dec. 11 2013 5:04 PMDoes the Gentleman Use His Phone at the Urinal?Depends who’s calling.
Drink
Dec. 5 2013 11:50 AMThe Gimlet EyeConsidering the most unscrewupable of cocktails.
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 27 2013 9:05 AM“A Beastly Game Played By Beasts”What’s a gentleman to do about football at Thanksgiving?
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 13 2013 9:45 AMA Gentleman’s Guide to Gentleman’s ClubsThe kind with naked ladies, or the kind with no ladies at all.
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 6 2013 8:37 AMI Want to Tell My Straight Best Friend About My Gay ThreesomeDoes a gentleman kiss (and kiss) and tell?
Drink
Oct. 30 2013 6:45 AMDo Androids Dream of Electric Schnapps?The history and future of bartending robots.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 23 2013 3:21 PMIs There Room for the Gentleman in Modern Feminism?A debate between the Gentleman Scholar and Book of Jezebel editor Anna Holmes.
Brow Beat
Oct. 3 2013 10:49 AMWhat Does Every American Need to Know Today?
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 25 2013 5:55 PMGentlemen Don’t Let Fellow Gentlemen Drive DrunkBut how to stop a bull-headed, belligerent gentleman from getting behind the wheel?
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 11 2013 10:47 AMShould I Make Small Talk With My Boss While We’re Both Peeing?Also: Can short gentlemen still be masculine?
Books
Sept. 6 2013 4:22 PM“A Search Result With No Instructions on How to Look for It”From the remarkable Thomas Pynchon, a novel of the dot-com era and the end of history.
Culturebox
Aug. 30 2013 12:54 PMMagic KingdomsWhy Americans love amusement parks now more than ever.
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 28 2013 3:42 PMShould a Gentleman Trim His Body Hair?If it’s gross, yes.
Drink
Aug. 15 2013 11:33 AMThe Best-Selling Booze in the World… tastes like cleaning solvent. Thanks, Korea.
Culturebox
Aug. 12 2013 5:45 AMDidn’t Anyone Ever Teach You to Knock?The lost art of tapping on the bathroom door before entering.

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