Things My Father Taught Me: Seth Putnam

There are plenty of old adages, poems, and songs that’ll tell you the truest friends are the ones there for you when you’re in a tight spot. Well, over the course of the past couple years, no matter how good or bad it’s gotten for me, Seth Putnam’s been there. Though we’re more than a…

Things My Father Taught Me: Jesse Thorn

As host of NPR’s Bullseye and creator of the blog Put This On, Jesse Thorn is a man of many interests, allowing them to drive the cultural content he covers: everything from comedy to rap music, from oxford cloth shirts to German Army trainers. Like me, Jesse is interested in continuing to grow, to educate himself…

Things My Father Taught Me: Jeff Link

Jeff Link is a listener. When we first met, I thought he found our conversations dull. I came to find out, as he’d recount elements of past conversations I’d barely remembered that he was intently listening, taking note of every word, every gesture. Jeff’s a kind man, and he’s become a great friend. One day,…

Things My Father Taught Me: Grace Bonney

With her blog and book, Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney sets the standard for sharing well-explained, well-thought-out ways to live in the hodgepodge of these modern times. From the site’s city guides to the DIY projects shared in the book, I’ve found so much of her hard work has inspired me and my life. Here she shares a…

Things My Father Taught Me: Alex Williams

Clarity. Both in tone and presentation. This, above all else, is what I admire about the writing style of New York Times writer, Alex Williams. In addition to his duties to New York’s paper of record, he is husband to one-time contributor to this series Joanna Goddard, and father to song-and-dance man, Toby.

Things My Father Taught Me: Katie Stipanovich

When I met Katie Stipanovich, she had recently graduated from college and was visiting some mutual friends. I asked her what was next. She shrugged her shoulders and said, “Mmm, I don’t know. I’d like to be a political consultant… but I don’t really like politics.” “What was your major?” I asked. “Political Science,” she…

Things My Father Taught Me: Pieter Van Winkle

Because we shared a year in the trenches of one of New York’s oldest acting conservatories, because he’d occasionally let me sing harmony when we’d play Townes Van Zant’s “Rex’s Blues” in the school basement, because we’ve managed to run into each other every now and again in the years since we left school, because…

Things My Father Taught Me: Dave Gunn

There are few as good as Dave Gunn. From the moment we met, his humble demeanor paired with a wit that just don’t quit made for a formidable conversation partner… or “pardner,” if I dare attempt a phonetical match to Dave’s inimitable Southwestern Kansas accent. Perhaps its my familiarity with the region, having been born…

Things My Father Taught Me: Lizzie Garrett

As the author of Tomboy Style, the blog and the book, Lizzie Garrett demonstrates her appreciation for menswear and stuff guys like to talk about: sports, cars, and… well, girls. And today, finally, the truth comes out. The person who is largely responsible for Lizzie’s fascination with many of the trappings of manhood is none other than… her…

Things My Father Taught Me: Swathi Narra

In the time since I’ve moved to Chicago, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of beautiful, funny, and whip-smart people. As someone regularly featured in “street style” pieces, I often introduce her as one of the most beautiful women in Chicago. As the co-founder of Luxemi, the premier online destination for purchasing or renting…