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THE J. CREW MEN'S STORE

Photograph courtesy of J.Crew The preppy retailer's first men's shop delivers more than just khakis and button-down shirts. And you don't have to sidestep dresses to get to it all. The Liquor Store Bar in New York's Tribeca neighborhood used to be an unassuming place where a guy could hang out with friends and sip a decent single-malt Scotch. Now the landmark spot is home to J. Crew's first men's-only store, opening this summer. The tap may be dry, but the original wood bar is intact. Surrounding it are broken-in chinos, colorful shirts, narrow-cut jackets, and hand-picked collectibles like see more
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ARMANI LUGGAGE

Photograph by Tim Hout Stephen Shore helped define the photojournalistic "on the road" genre and pioneered the use of color in art photography along the way. This career retrospective, titled simply Stephen Shore [Phaidon, $40], collects images from the photographer's famous takes on seventies Americana as well as his early black-and-white shots of Warhol's Factory. Even more exciting is the publication of A Road Trip Journal [Phaidon, $250], an expansive record of a coast-to-coast journey Shore took through small-town America. It includes handwritten notes and every last photo taken during the trip—90 percent of which haven't been previously published. see more
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THE REISSUE REPORT CARD: DENNIS WILSON

Dennis Wilson, Pacific Ocean Blue Legacy Edition [Legacy] Our Reissue Report Card Ratings: Original Material: B+ Late Beach Boy's only solo album New Tracks: A Twenty never-released songs Extras: B No DVD; lots of vintage photos Overall Grade: A- A must for any Beach Boys fan Dennis Wilson video clips and photos, set to Pacific Ocean Blue's opening track, "River Song."
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UNFORGETTABLE STEVE MCQUEEN

Photograph by Liam Goodman Not one but two books this summer explore Steve McQueen's enduring status as a style icon: Unforgettable Steve McQueen (Powerhouse/Verlhac Editions), in July, and Steve McQueen: A Life in Pictures (Pavilion), in August. Courtney Colavita
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THE MATTE FINISH

Photograph courtesy of Lamborghini The aftermarket-customization industry isn't known for spawning desirable trends (spinner wheels, anyone?). But one development has found so many fans that it's gone from a bespoke addition to a factory offering: the matte-finish exterior, which softens a car's curves and cuts glare. This summer, Lamborghini begins shipping matte Gallardos in Nero Nemesis (black), Bianco Canopus (white), and Marrone Apus (brown). And later this year Mercedes will offer U.S. customers special-edition SLs in gloss-free Designo Magno Kashmir White. It's a treatment you can expect to see more of, says Peter MacGillivray, vice president of the Specialty see more
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Jakob Dylan, SEEING THINGS

Jakob Dylan, Seeing Things [Columbia] Our rating: 3.5 out of a possible 5 He may be Bob's kid, but his sound is born of Bruce, and Seeing Things, his first solo effort, is like a junior Nebraska—an acoustic collection of bleak tales that eventually give way to optimism. To be played at a summer campfire. Matt Hendrickson see more
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Songs in the Key of Craigslist Music Videos: Blanket Fort

Craigslist personal ads reveal our most bizarre, most perverse fetishes and they sound awesome set to music! Check out our series of so-weird-you-have-to-watch posts-turned-music videos for proof. Then share your reactions in the comment section and let us know which personals you'd like to see set to music.
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THE SELECTED ESSAYS OF GORE VIDAL

The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal edited by Jay Parini [Doubleday, $27.50] Whatever you think of his fiction, politics, or literary persona, there's no denying that Gore Vidal is a master essayist, among the wittiest ever. The clearest proof lies in the choices for this collection, including the must-read "The Top Ten Best-Sellers According to the Sunday New York Times as of January 7, 1973." Timothy Hodler
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SECRET DIARY OF A CALL GIRL

Photograph courtesy of istockphoto.com There's another way to drink red wine in the summer: sangria. To make an enlightened version, dial back the sweetness and don't use any wine or booze you wouldn't drink straight. 3/4 cup brandy 1/4 cup apricot brandy, preferably Marie Brizard 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup sugar 1 ripe peach or nectarine, chopped 1 ripe plum, chopped 1 bottle red wine In a large pitcher, stir the liquor, lemon juice, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the fruit and wine and stir well. Refrigerate until chilled, then serve in wineglasses over ice, see more
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EIGHTIES VERSUS NINETIES

Photograph courtesy of the Everett Collection Since longing for the eighties set in around, oh, 1990, film and TV audiences have been inundated with homages to the Reagan (read: John Hughes) era. But lately, fond recollections of the days of Gingrich and Gameboys have been coming on fast. Here, a guide to which tributes deserve your attention this summer. Erica Cerulo THE INDIE PERIOD PIECE EIGHTIES: Son of Rambow NINETIES: The Wackness WINNER: The Wackness Trailer for The Wackness Rambow, about two prepubescent Brits, features neon-clad girls, Stallone references, and a Bowie-like exchange student. Reebok Pumps, Forrest Gump, and see more
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