In collaboration with Barneys New York and Orlebar Brown, The Paris Review has developed these swim trunks in order to celebrate their 60th anniversary. The shorts on the left feature artwork from the Spring 1953 issue and the trunks on the right feature an illustration from Spring 2011. They retail for $320, though it’s worth mentioning they come with a year’s subscription, heh. Buy now!
1. “Is there is no way out of the mind?” Sylvia Plath Quote Poster. These literary art prints brought to you by Etsy store Obvious State make the perfect office accessory for the at-work writer.
2. This Stainless Steel Desk Timer is essential for any writer’s desk, especially for those practicing the Pomodoro Technique, a popular time-management practice where writers work in 25-minute increments in order to increase productivity.
3. Laptop covers are the perfect way to keep a brooding writer’s Mac or PC safe from the elements when traveling from coffee shop to coffee shop. We like this felt laptop handbag from Etsy.
4. There are many apps for readers and writers, the popular Goodreads among them. Follow this link to a comprehensive list of many more downloadable apps for your iPhone or Android.
5. Any good writer is a prolific reader as well. Keep track of your book lending when friends ask to borrow with Mod Cloth’s At-Home Library Kit.
6. Writers are always looking for new ways to push their craft. Scrivener, brought to you by Literature and Latte, is a popular content-generating tool that allows writers to organize long and difficult documents. Scrivener has seen a boost in popularity among writers who find its organizational tools helpful not only in producing first drafts, but also within the editing process. Available for a 30-day free download.
Check out last year’s author, Rachael Warecki, reading “The Rites of Summer” which was published in The Masters Review in 2012. Beautiful work, Rachael.
I’m not sure I know anyone who could pull off these pencil pants. Unless by “know someone” you mean knowing who they are, in which case this looks like something Nicki Minaj or Katy Perry would wear on Casual Friday. So hey, if you “know someone” in the market for some pencil pants, you can purchase them here. Price warning: they’re over $200.
1. Chambray Shirt by Madewell. Luckily for us all, the chambray shirt has made a big comeback. Hemingway rocked the socks out of a denim shirt, as any true outdoorsman will. Guys, here’s a great pick for you.
2. Boyfriend Chinos by J Crew. Indoors, outdoors. Daytime, nighttime. These pants blend form and function beautifully. They imply you care very little, and yet somehow, you look effortlessly stunning. Winning.
3. Fringe vest by Free People. Granted, a fringe vest is a tough one to pull off. Hemingway managed to do it, but he also managed to produce spare, tight prose that put a more popular lyrical style to shame. Then he won a Nobel Prize for it. We say, give the fringe vest a try.
4. Hiking boots by Danner. Hiking boots are synonymous with Danner. I will leave you with nothing more than this simple fact. Other than Hemingway wore hiking boots.
5. Vintage Citizen by American Apparel. How long have I been fighting this marlin? How long have I been working on this short story? How long have I been looking this good in this watch?
And lastly, for your viewing pleasure, we give you Hemingway’s passport photo in 1923. Which brings to mind we most certainly need to produce a Reading is Sexy: Hemingway the Younger Years post, sooner rather than later.
What’s cookin’ good lookin’?
1. Schoolboy Blazer in Houndstooth by J Crew.
Editors and agents will have to take you seriously if you’re looking this good. Didn’t you know Houndstooth is the international pattern for literary? Enjoy.
2. Combback Windsor Writing Desk. (Etsy)
This windsor writing desk will inspire great words. Get your hands on it now.
3. Brightside Colorblock Sweater by Madewell.
This sweater is the perfect answer to those dreary winter days. It’s sure to bring a little sunshine into your workspace… and writing.
4. Hunt Trapper Plaid Wool Hat by Woolrich.
If this doesn’t scream Holden Caulfield then I don’t know what does. If you’re holed up in a winter cabin this season trying to finish your short story or novel, this hat will help keep you warm (and looking good) while you’re at it.
5. Leather Messenger Bag. (Etsy)
Doesn’t every serious author (professor, poet, student) need a well-worn messenger bag to help store books, notepads, and computers? Thought so.
May we please direct your attention to the fabulousness that is this t-shirt. Couldn’t help but post this shirt as a first in a series of Reading is Sexy blog posts. There are a lot of DIY tutorials online, some of which use paint, and some of which use markers, but all of which are pretty great. Email us immediately if you wear this to a reading and we’ll send you a free copy of The Masters Review. We reward those who take fashion risks.