Monday, July 12, 2004
There is something to be said on the other side, and Thoreau says it best in the first chapter of Walden, from which the following excerpts come:
- Only they who go to soirees and legislative balls must have new coats, coats to change as often as the man changes in them.
- I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveller's cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
Within a week I have had made a pair of corduroy pants, which cost when done $1.60. They are of that peculiar clay-color, reflecting the light from portions of their surface. They have this advantage, that, being very strong, they will look about as well three months hence as now -- or, as ill, some would say. Most of my friends are disturbed by my wearing them.Taki says, "At the G8 summit on Sea Island, Ga., the only man who dressed properly was -- dare I say it? -- the president of France." In other words, the most duplicitous scoundrel there was also the most nattily dressed.