Johnny Be Good

Johnny Be Good

Today a film opens featuring handlebar mustaches, ascots, paisley dressing gowns, chesterfields, walking sticks and aristocrats┬áreclining on chaise lounges in country estates. Whether the film turns out to be brilliant or awful, Johnny Depp good or bad,┬áI suggest we all…

The Rise And Fall Of The Space-Age Bachelor

The Rise And Fall Of The Space-Age Bachelor

Some 15 years ago I became fascinated by the midcentury phenomenon of the so-called “space-age bachelor,” whose native environment was his space-age bachelor pad. I watched every movie I could find, and when those dried up, resorted to reading academic…

Bertie Wooster's Floor Plan

Bertie Wooster’s Floor Plan

Bertie’s apartment in the celebrated BBC series “Jeeves & Wooster” blends the old and modern in a largely monochrome scheme of beige and honey tones. You may not have a gentleman’s gentleman to save you from any faux pas, but…

Elapsed Time: Rod Taylor & HG Wells' Time Machine

Elapsed Time: Rod Taylor & HG Wells’ Time Machine

When actor Rod Taylor died last week, I was in the midst of reading a short story by Georges Rodenbach called “The Time” about a man trying to synchronize a roomful of clocks and thereby his life. From the same…