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The Modern Gentleman, 2nd Edition: A Guide to Essential Manners, Savvy, and Vice


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This compendium of manners and mischief offers advice on every situation the enlightened modern man needs to navigate, from drinking and entertaining to wooing and whisker-trimming.

Being a modern gent requires a certain savvy with social media, a working knowledge of craft beers and rhum agricole, and a knack for tipping etiquette, pocket squares, and motoring. The second edition of this manly manual explains how to infuse civility into sticky situations such as sexting and features new sections on tech etiquette from blogging to online dating. Lawyer-raconteur Phineas Mollod and food-and-wine expert Jason Tesauro also debut the “green” gentleman, who espouses a locavorian ethos while shunning conspicuous consumption. Topped off by fresh entertaining and libation tips—including new cocktail recipes—this book provides everything the thoroughly modern man needs to get by in this roguish world.

About the Author

PHINEAS MOLLOD, a newlywed and new dad, uses his Vanderbilt law degree to counsel his wayward pals in divorces and landlord-tenant imbroglios and write about technology law. JASON TESAURO, a wine-and-spirits consultant, conducts The Modern Gentleman Seminar Series and hosts CoxMedia’s Mondays with the Modern Gentleman radio show. They have contributed to Maxim, Sommelier Journal,,, and Men’s Health and have appeared on programs from CNN to The Montel Williams Show.

Table of Contents

Introduction       x


Part One: The Gregarious Gentleman       1

Chapter One: Out & About       2

Digital Man • Artful Conversation • Jukeboxing • Flaskmanship • Elevator Etiquette • At Table • Skinny-Dipping • Comings & Goings • Family Reunions • Amen Corner

Chapter Two: Entertaining      38

Group Dynamics • Hosting • Intimate Gatherings • The Active Table • Houseguests • Charcoal Briquetiquette • Bachelor Party • Best Manning

Chapter Three: Wooing      65

Flirtation • Dates • The Open Triangle • Do-It-Yourself • Long-Distance Runaround • Exes & Ohs • Taking a Break • The Crack-Up


Part Two: The Inner Gentleman      95

Chapter Four: Gentlemanly Knowledge      96

Literature • Poesy • Classical Music • Jazz • Fitness • Soothsaying • Man Cycle • Fonzarelli Moves & Legerdemain

Chapter Five: Appearance & Style       126

Sartorial Savvy • Accessories • Knots & Cravats • Pyjamas • Eyewear • Hatiquette & Umbrella Policy • Tattoos • Hair, Hygiene, & Habits

Chapter Six: Domesticity       154

Domestic Policy • Vittles • Single Space • Heartifacts • Toiletiquette • Spitting, Hiccoughing, & Other Expulsions


Part Three: The Potent Gentleman       179

Chapter Seven: Venerable Vices: Alcohol, Tobacco, & Fireworks       180

Spirits • Beyond & Tonic • The Solitary Drink • Oenophilia • Bubbly • Working with a Hangover • The Ethic of Alcohol • Tobacco • Substances • Gaming • Golf • The Ponies

Chapter Eight: Between the Sheets       221

Romantic Recon • Prophyletiquette • XXX: Phineas’s Phavourites & Tesauro’s Titillations • The Afterglow • To the Power of 3

Chapter Nine: Trouble      239

Sticky Situations & Solutions • Conversational Gaffes • Secrets, Lies, & Confidences • Office Romance • Losing It • The Bile Barometer • The Apology


Part Four: The Wayfaring Gentleman      263

Chapter Ten: Travel            264

Motoring • Sleeper Trains • Theorem de Valise • Guest Decorum


Part Five: The Ceremonial Gentleman       283

Chapter Eleven: Public Relations      284

Politics of Friends • Social System • Correspondence • Flora • Gifting • Handy Gifting Guide

Chapter Twelve: Beyond Bachelorhood      303

The Fourth Decade • The Rock • Proposals • Vows • The Good Husband


Afterword       314

Bibliography       316

About the Authors       319

Index      320

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