Matt Himes

Miracle on Astor Place

Issue No. 4 | March 11, 2022 Friends, Americans, Countrymen: Last month, New York City’s iconic Astor Place Hairstylists signed a new, 10-year-lease, cementing a comeback that began in the depths of the pandemic. Days away from closing for good, the 75-year-old barbershop was saved in November 2020 by a group of local investors who, like thousands …

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Survival for Realists

Issue No. 3 | March 4, 2022 Friends, Americans, Countrymen: Optimism can destroy you. That’s one of the lessons we can take from Admiral James Stockdale’s eight years in a Vietnamese POW camp. In an interview with writer Jim Collins, Stockdale noted that the first of his fellow prisoners to break were the optimists – those who …

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Kill Your Television

Issue No. 2 | February 25, 2022 Friends, Americans, Countrymen: Television today is a lot like marijuana: far more potent than it used to be, but still widely embraced as harmless fun. We’re not calling for total abstinence (although it works for us), merely suggesting that you approach it with caution. Consider it a controlled …

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Real Men Don’t Send Vibes

Issue No. 1 | February 18, 2022 Friends, Americans, Countrymen: Is no activity or pastime safe from the irritating exhortation that we do it mindfully? Must even mowing the lawn become an assignment to “notice the sensations of our body”? We just want to crack a tall boy and heed the eternal dictum “sun’s out guns …

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