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

Brow Beat
Dec. 18 2014 4:30 PMNow You Can Legally Drink Cuban Rum—but Should You?
Gentleman Scholar
Dec. 3 2014 7:02 PMDress Codes DecodedWhat does “dress to impress” mean? “Smart casual”? “Grown and sexy”?
Brow Beat
Nov. 25 2014 9:08 AMWhich Cocktail Should You Mix on Thursday? You Could Do Worse Than the Thanksgiving Special.
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 19 2014 10:16 AMThis Is the Only Correct Way to Play Touch Football on Thanksgiving
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 12 2014 4:48 PMJoint ActionIs putting your elbows on the table really so bad?
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 5 2014 5:42 PMDoes RSVP Still Mean Please Reply?The history and future of répondez s’il vous plaît.
Drink
Oct. 28 2014 11:55 PMFlavor of the MonthThe pumpkin cocktail trend is proof that we are a nation of children.
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
Dec. 10 2014 6:30 PMGod Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman?Advice on holiday greeting, uncling, donating, and more.
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 26 2014 4:06 PMBaby PhotosMy 3-year-old son stole my iPhone and took some unflattering pictures of me. Am I a dad joke incarnate?
Gentleman Scholar
Nov. 19 2014 5:36 PMHow Should a Gentleman Wear His Sideburns?Plus, advice on dating and International Men’s Day.
Brow Beat
Nov. 17 2014 4:25 PMHow to Write a Think Piece About Butts
Brow Beat
Nov. 7 2014 4:50 PMThe Underappreciated Beauty of the French Fry
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 29 2014 7:20 PMTurning 40A gift guide for the new quadragenarian in your life.
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?

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