Modern Living: A Sweet Neglect

Such sweet neglect more taketh me Than all the adulteries of art.

With these sentiments, Ben Jonson could hang out his shingle in any American city—as a coiffeur. If the adulteries of art take care of a woman's stockings, shoes, nails, gowns, complexion and overweight, her hair these days is just as skillfully composed to look as if it had been dragged through a thornbush backward. Artfully.

The front is pulled loosely up and back into a topknot. Underneath, along with the remainder of the hair, can generally be found several ounces of wool...

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