“You’re so articulate — I put you in the same category as the old What’s My Line host John Charles Daly, whose elocution was astonishing. But that show was 50 years ago. Do you feel you belong to a bygone era in this way?
“Do you think it’s a bygone era? Because if you do, you’re underscoring how I feel, Louis. It really concerns me. It really concerns me! There’s a general erosion of, first of all, practical knowledge or general knowledge, I should say, of — forget about other languages because people don’t speak or write any — the English language! I’m very unnerved by it! And thank you for the comparison with John Daly, it’s a great compliment. My first experience with email was when I was at Parsons, part of the New School, and it was an email from the provost of the University. the provost is the chief academic officer. This email contained no capitalization and no punctuation. I. Was. Horrified. I asked her about it, and she said basically, ‘You’ve got to get with it, man!’ Get with it? I had a similar experience with someone I won’t name. I’d been part of a very lengthy cover story about her, and the interview took three days and probably collectively 10 hours. But when the article came out, it was wonderful, and I wrote her a long e-mail about how great the article was and congratulations and I was honored to be a part of it. Two days later — the time doesn’t matter, I’m setting the stage — but two days later, I get an email back: ‘T-H-N-X.’ I didn’t even warrant a vowel! T-H-N-X! Horrified!” — Tim Gunn in an interview with Movieline about his new book. Can’t wait for the book to be available here!