Troy Patterson Troy Patterson

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and writes the Gentleman Scholar column.

Gentleman Scholar
June 26 2013 3:55 PMWhat Is the Deal With Green Pants This Year?A perennial color for preps wends its way into the mainstream.
June 24 2013 9:00 AMHemisphere FactorIn the Stephen King adaptation Under the Dome, a small town gets stuck, uh, under a dome.
June 14 2013 4:58 PMThe Dram-atic ArtsNotes toward a theory of the theater of bartending.
Gentleman Scholar
June 5 2013 1:38 PMOn Lid-FlippingWhen should a gentleman doff his hat? And on what date should he switch straw for felt?
Gentleman Scholar
May 29 2013 1:15 PMThe Anxiety of the Pickup Basketball Player at the Jump ShotPlus: How do I explain my past debauchery to nice girls?
May 23 2013 12:51 PMThe Gin and TonicThe summer blockbuster of mixed drinks.
Gentleman Scholar
May 15 2013 8:00 AMI Got Monograms on My Shirts. Am I a Jerk?The Gentleman Scholar addresses your initial concerns.
Gentleman Scholar
May 8 2013 1:08 PMThe New Father’s Guide to Mother’s DayMother’s Day is stupid, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it right.
May 3 2013 12:30 PMThe ActivistThe good intentions of Eve Ensler.
Gentleman Scholar
April 17 2013 12:45 PMWhy Does Every Dude Make That Same Face in Every Photo?A gentleman’s guide to the selfie.
Gentleman Scholar
April 10 2013 1:36 PMWhat Should I Tip the Pizza Delivery Gentleman?$2? Twenty percent? Can I tip in weed?
April 9 2013 12:12 AMMartini MadnessThe Final Four and Championship live-blog.
April 8 2013 4:49 PMMartini MadnessDorothy Parker didn’t write the famous quatrain about martinis that’s always attributed to her.
April 6 2013 4:25 PMMartini MadnessThe Round of 32 gets surrealist.
April 5 2013 10:35 AMMartini MadnessThere are beer snobs, wine snobs, whiskey snobs—why no martini snobs?
June 24 2013 5:36 PMThe Best Mad Men Season YetThe series is no longer about American history. It’s about Don’s history. And it’s scary as hell.
Gentleman Scholar
June 19 2013 4:47 PMThe Unkindest Cut?Should a gentleman circumcise his little gentleman’s tiny gentleman?
June 12 2013 7:30 AMHow to Be a Better Best ManFlirt with the mother of the bride, but don’t grind with her.
Tv Club
June 4 2013 3:00 PMArrested Development, Season 4Is this the end of the Bluths? Maeby.
Tv Club
May 29 2013 11:08 AMArrested Development, Season 4Lindsay’s shaman suffers face blindness, as do we.
Brow Beat
May 15 2013 2:36 PMThe Sins of the Georgetown Sex Riots, Which Began 50 Years Ago Today
May 9 2013 4:20 PMThe Guerrilla Skirmishes of the Sexual RevolutionFifty years ago this week, panty-seeking college boys lit the fuse on the 1960s.
May 3 2013 5:22 PMPatrón SaintThe latest tequila news, analyzed with the help of a business book by a woman calling herself “The Widow Patrón.”
Gentleman Scholar
April 24 2013 2:19 PMHow Does a Gentleman Shake Hands With a Lady?Somewhere between the Hulk and a dead fish.
April 10 2013 3:50 PMMartini MadnessThe tournament concludes with a highlight reel from M.F.K. Fisher’s Gibson’s path to victory.
April 9 2013 12:13 AMMartini Madness: The BracketYour complete guide to Slate’s martini tournament.
April 8 2013 6:22 PMMartini MadnessBartending wunderkind Damon Boelte helps judge the Elite Eight.
April 7 2013 3:14 PMMartini MadnessRobert Bork’s bad restaurant manners pale in comparison to Ian Fleming’s bad pickup lines.
April 5 2013 8:05 PMMartini MadnessShaken vs. stirred is a false dichotomy. There is a third way.
April 4 2013 10:10 AMDon HoDon Draper flies to Hawaii, and Mad Men embarks on its final journey.




Don’t Worry, Obama Isn’t Sending U.S. Troops to Fight ISIS

But the next president might. 

The Extraordinary Amicus Brief That Attempts to Explain the Wu-Tang Clan to the Supreme Court Justices

Amazon Is Officially a Gadget Company. Here Are Its Six New Devices.

The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything

It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.

How Much Should You Loathe NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell?

Here are the facts.

Altered State

The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender

What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?

Surprise! The Women Hired to Fix the NFL Think the NFL Is Just Great.

You Shouldn’t Spank Anyone but Your Consensual Sex Partner

Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PM The Most Awkward Scenario in Which a Man Can Hold a Door for a Woman
  News & Politics
Altered State
Sept. 17 2014 11:51 PM The Plight of the Pre-Legalization Marijuana Offender What should happen to weed users and dealers busted before the stuff was legal?
Business Insider
Sept. 17 2014 1:36 PM Nate Silver Versus Princeton Professor: Who Has the Right Models?
Sept. 17 2014 6:53 PM LGBTQ Luminaries Honored With MacArthur “Genius” Fellowships
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 17 2014 6:14 PM Today in Gender Gaps: Biking
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 17 2014 9:37 AM Is Slate Too Liberal?  A members-only open thread.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 8:25 PM A New Song and Music Video From Angel Olsen, Indie’s Next Big Thing
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 9:00 PM Amazon Is Now a Gadget Company
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 17 2014 11:48 PM Spanking Is Great for Sex Which is why it’s grotesque for parenting.
Sports Nut
Sept. 17 2014 3:51 PM NFL Jerk Watch: Roger Goodell How much should you loathe the pro football commissioner?