This Year’s Model

October 2nd, 2006

Apparently, according to some obscure publication called Esquire, Joseph Pineda is the best-dressed "real" man in America. It is a measure of my legendary politeness as a host that, during our on-air conversation in tonight's episode (airing at 7:30 p.m., and repeated on Friday at 10:30 p.m.), I never mentioned the glaring fact that Esquire's fashion researchers didn't bother to put me in the running for this accolade. Still, I have to admit, Pineda did look sharp -- especially after the grueling drive from Richmond (where he lives and works as a real-estate agent) to our San Francisco studios.

He was helping me explore the subject of fashion -- a new passion of mine ever since my whole family got hooked on Bravo's fashion-designing reality show Project Runway. As Heidi Klum says on that program -- repeatedly, and in her bracingly clipped Teutonic accent -- "In fashion, one day you're in and the next [pause for dramatic effect] ... you're out." So we wanted to make sure we got to talk with Pineda and our other guests, local clothiers Umay Mohammed and Marie Biscarra of Nisa, before the cognoscenti could deem them "fashion-backward." (Though having met them all, I predict that they will forever remain way ahead of the fashion curve.)

I also wandered over to something called "Fashion Boot Camp" (part of San Francisco Fashion Week), where I received expert advice on how I might leverage my aquiline features into a lucrative modeling career. It all got pretty intense. By the time photographer James Reid was done with me, I felt almost too sexy, if such a thing is possible. ...

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  • 1. Joe DiMaio  |  October 4th, 2006 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Josh: Jump on this one real quick. Yesterday Bay Area researcher Roger Kornberg won the Nobel Prize for work in genetics. His father, Arthur–also a Bay Aarea resident–won the prize back in 1959. Both were interviewed on the Lerher new hour today. What a delight! They talked about the relationship of father and son with equal importance to their work as researchers. Roger spoke briefly but eloquently about the “beauty of intellectual pursuit.” We’ve got to hear more from father and son. Ciao, Joe DiMaio. PS: You’re not bad on oboe. Work on the “attack” a bit.

  • 2. Jean  |  October 14th, 2006 at 5:09 am

    Hey Josh, this is a digression from your topic, but I was thinking that in your ever-valient quest for interesting guests you might find this guy an interesting fit. Imagine a seriously rock guitarist, someone who has collaborated with Jeff Buckley, John Zorn, Velvet Underground, Joan Osborne, Plastic People of the Universe, a rock guitarist who has done a CD of 1930s-40s Chinese pop — bringing the GOLEM to a theatre — or church — near you? His blog: and website:

    just a thought…heh

    Jean (also at

  • 3. Jean  |  October 14th, 2006 at 5:10 am

    Besides, you DO invite digression… ; )

  • 4. Jean  |  October 14th, 2006 at 5:39 am

    P.S. His “rock” guitar debut was with Leonard Bernstein, playing for his “Mass” in Vienna.

  • 5. Josh Kornbluth  |  October 17th, 2006 at 1:40 pm

    Hey, Jean & Joe: Great guest suggestions, from both of you — thanks! We’ll be looking into the possibilities. …

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