Troy Patterson Troy Patterson

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

Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 3:33 PMWhat It’s Like to Drink Fancy Cocktails at Denny’s
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 10 2014 5:42 PMA Gentleman’s Guide to Wearing the Apple WatchHow to use Apple’s timepiece without looking like a jerk.
Drink
Aug. 29 2014 12:43 PMThe Agents of SmashWhiskey smashes are really hot right now, and just the thing to cool you off on Labor Day.
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 20 2014 4:34 PMIs It Acceptable to Scold One’s Friends’ Kids?When and how to correct other people’s children.
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 6 2014 4:35 PMHow to Rescue a Boring ConversationAlternatives to the deadly “What do you do?”
Gentleman Scholar
July 30 2014 4:01 PMHow Can a Gentleman Appear Well-Read?Advice for would-be bibliophiles.
Gentleman Scholar
July 23 2014 3:50 PMWhat Should a Gentleman Tip a Racist Cabdriver?Stiff the chump? Throw a wad of bills in his face?
Gentleman Scholar
July 9 2014 4:44 PMBrandos vs. GablesShould a gentleman wear an undershirt? T-, V-, or A-?
Gentleman Scholar
July 2 2014 3:55 PMMy American Fellows!Careful about wearing flags on your clothing, please.
Gentleman Scholar
June 19 2014 8:37 AMSplit DecisionWhen a gentleman should let someone else pick up the check.
The Spot
June 12 2014 8:41 AMWhat to Drink During the World Cup: A Guide to Cachaça, Brazil’s National Spirit
Gentleman Scholar
May 28 2014 2:29 PMA Gentleman and His TailorThe Gentleman Scholar gets measured by a pro from Savile Row.
Brow Beat
May 21 2014 2:58 PMMario Batali Is the World’s Worst Drinks Writer
Gentleman Scholar
May 14 2014 4:10 PMHow Can a Gentleman Dress Casually for a Summer Workday but Not Look Like Andy Sipowicz?And other office etiquette and style dilemmas.
Gentleman Scholar
May 7 2014 9:34 AMHow Does a Gentleman Open a Beer With No Bottle Opener?A video guide to improvisational bottle cap removal.
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 17 2014 5:10 PMShould Men Still Open Doors for Women?
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 3 2014 5:29 PMHow Should a Fat Man Wear His Trousers?At the waist? Below the waist? With suspenders?
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 27 2014 4:19 PMA Gentleman’s Advice for ScholarsRule No. 1 for college freshmen: Don’t do anything egregiously stupid.
Gentleman Scholar
Aug. 13 2014 5:33 PMCan I Tell My Boss I Have Menstrual Cramps?Or do I need to make up a white lie about why I’m working from home?
Brow Beat
Aug. 5 2014 10:21 AMWhy Is the Middle-Aged Guy in Those Trivago Commercials So Weirdly Captivating?
Better Summer
July 29 2014 11:39 AMIs Fruity Beer Girly? Examining the taste profile and gender politics of cherry lambic, watermelon wheat beer, and blueberry ale.
Gentleman Scholar
July 16 2014 4:19 PMWhat’s the Best Time to Tell a Gentleman I Have Herpes?
Drink
July 3 2014 8:27 AMThe RickeyCelebrate the Fourth of July with this democratic, pluralistic, highly refreshing cocktail.
Gentleman Scholar
June 25 2014 3:03 PMThe Gentleman’s Guide to SummeringFor starters, don’t say you’re “summering.”
Weddings
June 18 2014 12:38 PMPermission to LaunchIs it seemly or sexist to ask your future in-laws for their daughter’s hand in marriage?
Gentleman Scholar
June 4 2014 4:32 PMNo, Thanks!How a gentleman responds to the absence of a thank-you note. Also: talking about wine and women.
Gentleman Scholar
May 21 2014 6:12 PMHow Does a Gentleman Deal With Crazy Soccer Parents?Also, stop calling me “Nate.”
Doublex
May 21 2014 10:50 AMShorts WarsAmanda Hess and Troy Patterson chat about rising hemlines, trend pieces, and men’s short shorts.   
Brow Beat
May 9 2014 4:00 PMA Requiem for the Commuter Train Bar Car
Gentleman Scholar
April 30 2014 10:05 AMThe Perfect Suit, Hat, and Drink for Derby DaySeersucker? Sure! A trilby? True! But you may skip the julep if you like.

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  Business
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  Life
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  Double X
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Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
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Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
  Arts
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Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
  Technology
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Sept. 23 2014 1:50 PM Oh, the Futility! Frogs Try to Catch Worms off of an iPhone Video.
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.