A gentleman’s best – November

November 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

Welcome to the third season of A gentleman’s best, where A man must have a code tackles long-form journalism. 

I guess the camera flash is, euhm, strategically placed.

I guess the camera flash is, euhm, strategically placed.

By now, you know the drill… In A gentleman’s best, I present my favourite feature of each issue of GQ and Esquire. I don’t work for, or on behalf of, either magazine—I simply enjoy reading features and explaining what works, or doesn’t, for each of them. Hopefully my readers will share this fascination of mine, because… #IDOTHISFORTHEPEOPLE!  « Read the rest of this entry »

A gentleman’s best – October

November 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Welcome to the third season of A gentleman’s best, where A man must have a code tackles long-form journalism. 

I'll take no "The Walking Dead" over an actor from that show.

I’ll take no “The Walking Dead” over an actor from that show.

By now, you know the drill… In A gentleman’s best, I present my favourite feature of each issue of GQ and Esquire. I don’t work for, or on behalf of, either magazine—I simply enjoy reading features and explaining what works, or doesn’t, for each of them. Hopefully my readers will share this fascination of mine, because… #IDOTHISFORTHEPEOPLE!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Your younger sister gets married. Now what?

October 14, 2014 § 2 Comments

If you’re lucky enough, you will get invited to and attend plenty of weddings in your life. But you haven’t been to one until your younger sister is the bride. Not many things are that humbling.

(Photo copyright © Dez Santana Photography)

(Photo copyright © Dez Santana Photography)

What follows is a version of some of the things that I talked about in a speech on Oct. 4, 2014, a day after my younger sister Mariane Blouin-Gascon married to Edward Mesias in Newark. It made me feel many feels, and I spoke with no notes but I think that I remember the gist of what I said. (The heart never forgets.) Readers will forgive me, today, for adding a few more things. I am better at articulating my thoughts when I write them down.

It was the perfect wedding, which is not the same as saying that it was perfect. On the Friday morning, Oct. 3, 2014, the owner of the restaurant where we had made a reservation for about 30 people the following evening called the groom- and bride-to-be to say that he was bankrupt and closing immediately.

Good timing and cool story bro, but now what? I think that this also part of why I say it was the perfect wedding. Life threw something at us, and we fixed it.  « Read the rest of this entry »

A gentleman’s best – September

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Welcome to the third season of A gentleman’s best, where A man must have a code tackles long-form journalism. 

Two different leading men.

Two different leading men.

By now, you know the drill… In A gentleman’s best, I present my favourite feature of each issue of GQ and Esquire. I don’t work for, or on behalf of, either magazine—I simply enjoy reading features and explaining what works, or doesn’t, for each of them. Hopefully my readers will share this fascination of mine, because… #IDOTHISFORTHEPEOPLE!  « Read the rest of this entry »

Deuxième lettre pour Marc Bergevin

September 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Salut Marco, faut croire qu’un surnom, ça reste, parce que je continue avec Marco. Parce que ça fait plus hot que Marc, Bergevin ou même M. Marc. Et anyway, M. Marc, c’est dans Minuit, le soir. C’est déjà pris, M. Marc.

(Photo de Lisa Gansky)

(Photo de Lisa Gansky)

Comment que tu vas, cette fois? Ici, les belles journées d’été ont laissé la place au frette de l’automne. Même si on est encore en théorie pendant l’été, tu sais ben que la théorie, c’est pas la vraie vie. L’automne, donc. Il fait froid maintenant, mais c’est l’inverse qui se passe en nous. Tu te les gèles dehors, mais en d’dans de toi, dans ton coeur, c’est tout chaud. Parce que c’est l’automne, pis les gars sont sur leur retour. Nos Gars.  « Read the rest of this entry »

On Ray Rice, domestic violence and society

September 13, 2014 § 3 Comments

It’s sad that it takes this video for us to turn to outrage. What exactly did we think that “striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious” looked like?

Pas le meilleur choix de mots de la part de Ray Rice. (Photo de Keith Allison)

Why did we need this new video? (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison)

That’s something that we have known for almost seven months now. For seven months, we have known that Ray Rice had knocked his then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious. And for seven months, we had done nothing. It took Harvey Levin and his TMZ army for us to understand the magnitude of the latest instance of an NFL player assaulting his girlfriend.

Domestic violence—it happens often in football. An image is worth a thousand words, so imagine how many words are in an eight-second video. Whatever the answer is, we’ve reached it collectively as a society this week. Because all week, we’ve written column after column after column regarding this Ray Rice scandal.  « Read the rest of this entry »

La tragédie grecque de Ray Rice se poursuit

September 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

La NFL a enfin entamé sa nouvelle saison le week-end dernier, mais on commencera cette chronique avec des nouvelles du côté de Ray Rice.

Ray Rice a fait les manchettes pour ce qui sera la dernière fois de sa carrière. (Photo de Jeff Weese)

Ray Rice a fait les manchettes pour ce qui sera la dernière fois de sa carrière. (Photo de Jeff Weese)

Eh oui, la triste saga du porteur de ballon des Ravens de Baltimore a peut-être atteint sa conclusion. Lundi matin, tout près de sept mois après qu’il eut été arrêté pour voies de faits, Rice s’est vu libéré par Baltimore puis suspendu jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

On connaît tous la raison. Jusqu’à présent, l’on savait qu’un incident était survenu entre Rice et sa fiancée (depuis devenue son épouse) dans un ascenseur, incident qui était assez grave pour mener à cette arrestation le 15 février. Aux yeux de la NFL, cela n’était suffisant que pour deux matchs de suspension.  « Read the rest of this entry »

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