It’s On Sale: Stuff at LL Bean

LL Bean is having a 10% off sale that ends today. The discount doesn’t sound big, but this is as big as LL Bean goes. Couple this with free shipping and a lifetime guarantee on all their products (i.e. you can return anything at any time if you’re dissatisfied), and I think you have some pretty good deals. Some notable items:

  • Obviously, LL Bean’s duck boots. They admittedly feel a bit like yesterday’s news now that menswear has moved on from prep, but I still think they look great. I wear mine with Barbour coats and jeans whenever it rains. Just be sure to search around for sizing advice. I have the non-Thinsulate ones and had to go a full size down. 
  • Among LL Bean’s slimmer fitting Signature line, I also like this barn coat. I wish it were lined in the sleeves, so I could slip in and out of mine easily, but for $134 with the discount, this is an amazing value. Unfortunately, sizes are limited, so if you need a different size, you could also check the company’s mainline. Just consider sizing down, as some of the mainline stuff fits full. 
  • There’s this yellow trail jacket, which I talked about in an old post. $71 after the discount, which isn’t too shabby. Again, just be sure to size down. For something already slim fitting, check this Signature line alternative. The olive color is arguably more wearable, and it’s even cheaper at $45. 
  • Lots and lots of chamois shirts in both mainline and Signature. Wear one open and layered over a t-shirt, and channel some of that 1970s mountain biker look that Pete talked about
  • Kind of random, but I really like LL Bean’s bedding. Like much of the company’s stuff, I think it’s a solid value, especially on sale. 

To get the discount, use the code FALL10 at checkout. Also note that the code expires today. 

Goddammit, men’s fashion internet, L.L. Bean duck boots are yesterday’s news, today’s news, and tomorrow’s news.

Particularly if you live where weather lives.

Love, a guy from New England who spent many childhood summers in Maine so I guess of course this is the opinion that I will have.

I need to work on the track sequencing, but I’m feeling conceptually strong about this playlist.

I need to work on the track sequencing, but I’m feeling conceptually strong about this playlist.

McNamara and his collaborators can dig up the skeletons of long-dead rebels and clatter their dry jawbones against their skulls. They can make them plea for clemency in words that would have horrified them while they were alive. But it’s not the dead men’s voices we hear, and everyone can see whose lips are moving.

Field Of Lost Shoes / The Dissolve

On one hand, there’s a cultural criticism part of me that’s a bit annoyed that this ostensible film review was solely about horrible historical inaccuracy and contained only one sentence about the actual cinematic merits of the movie.

On the other hand, given how much I hate the fucking Lost Cause confederate bullshit parade, I really loved the historical accuracy and sheer brio with which this movie was destroyed

All this leads to a heady condition where startups are burning like mad to generate as much heat as they can, because when you do burn the candle at both ends, to quote Christopher Hitchens, it gives a lovely light. — Fuckin’ startup geeks don’t know an Edna St. Vincent Millay paraphrase when they see it in a damn Hitchens image macro.


1996 - 2006: Usually bought 4 CDs in a binge, listened to 3 of them, always then kinda ignored the last one. Never learned the object lesson of this.

2003 - 2008: Pirated everything, dumped friends’ entire collections into my collection just because I could and it was fun. Listened to maybe 40% of it tops.

2005: Bought entire OMC album for $5 from The Record Exchange because I like “How Bizarre”.

2007 - 2011: Hosted vaguely themed parties, including but not limited to “I’m Sick of 80s Night so Here’s A Bunch of Cheesemo Early 90s Dance Music”, “Goth-Mitzvah”, and “Country BBQ”. All music from these playlists is retained.

2014: I am supposed to be super offended right now because the elegant, deeply personal curation of my music collection has been disrupted by a U2 album.

I might need to purchase this comic book, which is apparently called Teen Dog and is what it sounds like.

I might need to purchase this comic book, which is apparently called Teen Dog and is what it sounds like.

As I try to post every day people really get fired up about the Live Blogs, here are some Blithe Logs for you to enjoy.


"A Palomino?!? They’re beautiful!

Listening to The Incomparable stream the recording of their SNL draft makes me nostalgic.

I can’t begin to do the math on what my favorite sketch is, but I am historically partial to the completely bananas bits that somehow made it in.

This one still just kills me, and still gets quoted in our household at least a couple times a month.


Always reblog Vondrukes.