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

Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PMMay I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives?Or would that be rude?
Brow Beat
Oct. 9 2014 2:58 PMThe Worst Children’s Books Ever Written
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 1 2014 4:55 PMBlood Before Bud?Must a gentleman’s brother always be the best man at his wedding?
Gentleman Scholar
Sept. 24 2014 5:17 PMA Gentleman’s Guide to Going BaldAttending to a thinning mane with grace.
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
Oct. 15 2014 4:27 PMMasters in CommunicationsHow to text, and sext, like a gentleman.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 8 2014 1:51 PM“Diagrams to Direct the Feet”An introduction to the gentlemanly art of social dance.
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 1 2014 10:54 AM“I Need a Pair of Pants That Won’t Bore Me to Death”Troy Patterson talks about looking sharp, flat-top fades, and being Slate’s Gentleman Scholar.
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.

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Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
  Business
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Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
  Life
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Oct. 23 2014 6:00 AM Monster Kids from poorer neighborhoods keep coming to trick-or-treat in mine. Do I have to give them candy?
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Oct. 23 2014 8:51 AM The Male-Dominated Culture of Business in Tech Is Not Great for Women
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
  Arts
Brow Beat
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  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.