Author Archives : Grit Men

Doing Laundry

In a tiny basement room of my 12-unit apartment building, there are a single washer and dryer grinding away under fluorescent light, like a pair of overworked prostitutes. Before the night is over I will have put a load into each one of them. Done with the washer, I move on to the dryer where […]



How to Make a Vesper Martini

The drink was invented and named by fictional secret agent James Bond in the 1953 novel Casino Royale. “A dry martini,” [Bond] said. “One. In a deep champagne goblet.” “Oui, monsieur.” “Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large […]

Work Makes Us Sick

Use the company gym, already. In addition to your primary gym, even. There’s been a recent spate of changes to my coworkers’ desks.  They’re getting that mechanical lift thingy attached to their standard-issue desktops and raising the ergonomic bar.  Evidently, more sitting is less, as shown here in this infographic by Created by: Online […]


If you’re going to be in a relationship, don’t be the ‘permeable membrane’ Liz Gilbert conjures in Eat Pray Love; don’t give up your soul; don’t lose sight of yourself. You want a partner, not a conjoined twin; you share an address, or a name, not a skin and vital organs. He fell in love with you, not an extension of himself; don’t let him – and yourself – down by forgetting that.

The 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300D. – (The timeless luxury of range.)

If you’re one of the countless people in Los Angeles who bought a Prius, you probably didn’t consider it a “luxury” car when you made the decision to purchase it. Maybe you thought that you were somehow saving the planet, not thinking about the ecologically-disastrous strip mines needed to produce nickel for the nickel-metal hydride […]


Grit Mixology: The Salty Dog – (Lie naked on the porch and enjoy.)

Britons drink it 1:1.  The American recipe calls for more juice, 1:5.  Some like a salty rim, and others like it clean.  However you drink it, the Salty Dog is a highball whose time has come, again.  Even Hunter S. Thompson would approve. “The past two weeks have been relatively calm ones for me. Immediately […]

Brad Pitt: I Quit Smoking

Brad Pitt testifies to the power of fundamental choice, telling W Magazine that becoming a father inspired him to quit smoking cigarettes: “In the late 90′s [Brad] was something of a slacker, ‘spending too much time smoking things I shouldn’t be,’ Pitt recalls. ‘I was asking, What’s it about? It couldn’t just be wanting a […]


The Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid – (A "plug and play" sports car that could make you jizz in your pants.)

Thank God – or Europe – that there will always be roadsters.  They’re way more committed to them over there than we are here.  I drive one, and they have always felt like my natural habitat.  Speaking of natural, Porsche has kept Mother Nature in mind with the development of the Porsche 918 Spyder Hybrid. […]



Daniel Craig – (Happy Birthday, 007.)

Happy birthday to Daniel Craig, the man who brought the grit back to Bond.  I don’t have anything against Pierce Brosnan; he gave us the Bond we wanted at the time, but seasons change and heroes change with them.  We needed a Conneryesque, radical Bond, Fleming’s Bond: more Batman than Superman in terms of his […]

The 14th Dalai Lama – (a.k.a. 拉莫頓珠)

The 14th Dalai Lama is truly an icon of wisdom. ”Dalai” literally means “Ocean” in Mongolian, and is a translation of the Tibetan name “Gyatso,” while “Lama” is the Tibetan equivalent of the Sanskrit word “guru.” The two words together literally mean “Ocean Teacher” and signify a spirituality that is as great as the ocean. […]


Red wine may preserve memory – (and even extend your life).

Red wine (and especially pinot noir) tops the list of healthy alcoholic beverages. Here’s why: Drinking red wine may preserve memory and protect the central nervous system. It also prevents clots and blood vessel inflammation—both of which are linked to heart disease and decline of cognitive function. Overall, red wine drinkers have overall lower body mass […]