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September 09, 2003


The Flea was drafted to chair a conference session this spring which featured a certain senior scholar in the sociology of religion. Not one to be intimidated by such folk, the Flea was promptly singled out by said senior scholar for special friendly mockery as he kept suggesting I "should get a hundred bucks" from the conference organizers for taking on the job at the last minute. One line of argument he took was that the organizers might not be sufficiently impressed with my appearance to pay up. Is it my tie? No, the tie is fine, he replied. But I don't like the knot.

My trusty Half Windsor had served generations of my ancestors even unto the middle-ages, I claimed. He was not impressed. I was directed to examine the ties of a list of specific American network news-anchors and to consider the Four in Hand as my new knot of choice. It was a revelation. The Flea has been promoting the licentious asymmetry of the Four in Hand to anyone who will listen. It turns out I have a few more knots to learn before I am ready for polite company.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 9, 2003 05:31 AM



The four in hand is way too small - ok for skinny ties.

Posted by: The Meatriarchy at September 9, 2003 11:20 AM

Tsk, you couldn't just upgrade to the full Windsor? I've been very happy with it for years...

Posted by: Paul Jané at September 9, 2003 10:59 PM

I don't like fat knots in ties though I understand they are very posh when combined with the right super-WASP or Henley Regatta outfits. The rakish exuberance of the Four in Hand is going to revolutionize my entire existence!

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at September 10, 2003 09:49 AM

Well, you can vary the thickness of the Windsor knot depending on your technique...

As for this revolution bit, we want pictures... *lol*

Posted by: Paul Jané at September 10, 2003 08:54 PM