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DANDY IN THE UNDERWORLD

March 27, 2008 BY CAPSULESNEWS

dandy_200.jpgTwo days ago, on his way to New York for a book tour, commentator Sebastian Horsley was detained at Newark airport on grounds of "moral turpitude." His memoir is Dandy in the Underworld. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with NPR in which he explains his passion for Dandyism. “Dandyism is social, human and intellectual. It is not a suit of clothes walking about by itself. Clothes are merely a part — they may even be the least important part of the personality of the dandy. Dandyism isn't image encrusted with flourishes. It's a way of stripping yourself down to your true self. You can only judge the style by the content and you can only reach the content through the style. Being a dandy is a condition rather than a profession. It is a defiance against suffering and a celebration of life. It is not fashion; it is not wealth; it is not learning; it is not beauty. It is a shield and a sword and a crown — all pulled out of the dressing up box in the attic of the imagination. Dandyism is a lie which reveals the truth, and the truth is that we are what we pretend to be.”