The Kindest Cut

 

 
Ricky Nelson
had great hair. His pompadour was shinier than a newly minted quarter,
slicker than ice on Wollman Rink, blacker than wet tar on a hot
summer’s day, wavier than the North Atlantic Sea, and ten times harder
than polished coal. Hair has been the subject of odes, verse and entire
musicals. Here’s one you all know: Gimme head with hair / Long
beautiful hair / Shining, gleaming, / Streaming, flaxen, waxen / Give
me down to there hair / Shoulder length or longer / Here baby, there
mama / Everywhere daddy daddy / Hair, hair, hair, hair, hair, hair,
hair / Flow it, show it / Long as God can grow it My hair. Why hair today? ‘Cause it can be gone tomorrow!

 


About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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