1. Armistead Maupin’s “The Days of Anna Madrigal,” his final installment in his deeply loved “Tales of the City” novels. Mrs. Madrigal is now 92 and wants to “leave like a lady.” All nine of Maupin’s “Tales” books have been comic and moving but none as profoundly so as this one. Farewell, m’lady.
2. Wingtip, the gentleman’s store at 550 Montgomery Street in San Francisco. I feel more like a gentleman each morning just walking by the place on my way to work each day. Check out the sale now going on there if you’re in town.
3. Debra Messing fans—whether you loved her in “Will & Grace” or “Smash”—can now check her out in person in John Patrick Shanley’s new play “Outside Mullengar,” at Manhattan Theatre Club. It co-stars Brian F. O’Byrne and is directed by Doug Hughes. Shanley, O’Byrne and Hughes last time got together to bring us the original production of “Doubt.” But this is more like an Irish “Moonstruck,” for which Shanley won the Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
4. You can’t go wrong with a black cashmere turtleneck. It is the one essential non-gender specific piece of clothing that should be in everyone’s real closet. They are on sale for both men and women now at Bloomingdales.com
5. The Oxford Union Society channel on Youtube. Great debates. An array of topics. A panoply of voices and opinions. The audiences are kind of cute too.
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