A Brave New Fagginess?
Glenn O'Brien advises American men to embrace flamboyance with abandon.
How To Be a Man:
A Guide To Style and Behavior For The Modern Gentleman
by Glenn O'Brien
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Lawn-mower haircuts and J. C. Penney polos are to Glenn O’Brien what Haiti is to Sean Penn. They provoke in him a kind of heroic passion that makes him want to save untold thousands from fashion disaster, or at least from the creeping sadness of the Gap.
O’Brien has been a downtown Zelig for more years than he’s willing to reveal: one of Warhol’s Factory workers, an editor and art director of Interview magazine, host of the pre-MTV public-access new-wave show TV Party, creative director at Barney’s. Now he’s GQ’s Style Guy columnist and a freelance something-or-other to the fabulous. Husband, father, devout golfer. It’s a picaresque biography, and you have to envy the guy. Name your favorite punker emeritus. O’Brien is friends with him. The only misstep he could make now would be to overplay his hand.
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