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A Closer Shave: Man's Daily Search for Perfection

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Publisher Comments:

There he is again, the hairy beast in the mirror!

Not every man in the world begins his day by removing the night's stubble from his jaw, but 93 percent of the male population thinks taming the monster is the first order of business every morning. Since man invented metal--shortly after he started walking upright--he has sought to scrape stubble from his face without skinning himself alive.

In A Closer Shave, Wallace Pinfold takes the reader on a multicultural, multicentury, and multifaceted tour of the human face as seen from the stainless steel railway of the razor. Through more than 200 photographs and illustrations, cartoons and wood blocks, paintings and advertisements, the story of the shave unfolds, from how to trim a moustache, use a brush, and banish foggy mirrors to famous beards and bald guys in history, to the obsession with shaved heads in professional sports.

This witty little book takes a fast, furious, and funny look at the history of getting a closer, smoother, easier shave--and proves in the process that the male capacity for preening and self-absorption should never be underestimated.

Synopsis:

A multi-cultural, multi-century and multi-faceted tour of the human male face, as seen from the stainless steel railway of the razor.

Synopsis:

Every man--bearded and clean-shaven alike--ought to know a little something about the activity that will occupy close to 3,000 hours of his life. This illustrated chronicle of shaving offers expert how-to-advice, details the history of the shave, profiles heroes of hairiness and champions of the smooth pate, and reveals in every odd, strange, and wonderful fact in between.

About the Author

Wallace Pinfold is a French-language interpreter and translator. He has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, a ranger naturalist in Yosemite, and a road manager for country western and blues bands touring the Middle East. He is coauthor of Rising to the Occasion (Algonquin, 1993). He lives in Brunswick, Maine, and shaves every time the occasion warrants.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The What of Hair

The Why and Wherefore of Beards

Shaving Personalities

How to Shave Your Face

How to Grow a Beard

How to Shave Your Head

Straight Razors and Barbershop Shaves

The March of Progress

Edsels and Edisons

The Equipment

Life's Rich Pattern

Acknowledgments

Photography and Illustration Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579651367
Subtitle:
s Daily Search for Perfection
Author:
Pinfold, Wallace
Author:
Pinfold, Wallace
Author:
Pinfold, Wallace G.
Publisher:
Artisan
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - General
Subject:
Men's Studies - Masculinity
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming - Hair
Subject:
Shaving
Subject:
Shaving -- History.
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19990501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
6 x 6
Pages:
159
Dimensions:
6.20x6.19x.58 in. .90 lbs.

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Every man--bearded and clean-shaven alike--ought to know a little something about the activity that will occupy close to 3,000 hours of his life. This illustrated chronicle of shaving offers expert how-to-advice, details the history of the shave, profiles heroes of hairiness and champions of the smooth pate, and reveals in every odd, strange, and wonderful fact in between.
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