Justin Timberlake T, The New York Times Style Magazine Men’s Fashion Fall 2013 Cover

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“I’m sure there’s some self-help cheese-ball book about the gray area,” he says, “but I’ve been having this conversation with my friends who are all about the same age and I’m saying, ‘Y’know, life doesn’t happen in black and white.’ The gray area is where you become an adult . . . the medium temperature, the gray area, the place between black and white. That’s the place where life happens.”

JT is the star of T, The New York Times Style Magazine Men’s Fashion Fall 2013 cover, and I am caught up.

There is something truly captivating about a man with a beautiful mind. A man that just gets it without having to announce his clarity.

Justin Timberlake, in all of his fine, slicked haired, manicured scruffiness,  blue-eyed delicious, still has an unparalleled talent that renders its listeners helpless to the emotion it possesses.

I can go on and on an eternity detailing the utter sexiness Timberlake conjures in the four page shoot, but I won’t. Feel free to do so as you will.

Instead, take a moment, and read the interview, “The Enduring, Multigenerational Appeal of Justin Timberlake.” I don’t ask much, so entertain this simple request.

 Justin lets us into his love of music, continuing to pursue his craft and the differentiation between the former “The 20/20 Experience 1 of 2” and the latter slated for release later this month.

Key quote-worthy moments include:

Maintaining his relevance in a celebrity disposable climate and how he’s managed to avoid becoming a “trend”:

“If you can answer the question of why you’re doing it, it’s the right thing to do,” he says in Mr. Miyagi mode, describing his decision to put out his first album since “FutureSex/LoveSounds” in 2006, a gap in content production that would have spelled doom to a lesser talent. “To answer the question ‘Why?’ for the first time in my career, is: because I wanted to.”

“All the soul of it was removed. It was made for whatever the trending medium was. . . . You had two or three different female artists who were doing literally the same song, just different song titles. They are saying the same thing with the same melody, with the same B.P.M.”justin-timberlake-The-New-York-Times-Style-Magazine-Fall-2013-Peacock-Under-Pressure-1

What to expect from Part Deux:

This year, among other things he wants to do, is put out the second part of “The 20/20 Experience,” which he describes intriguingly as the “hotter, older evil twin sister” of “20/20,” and then, even more intriguingly: “If you could imagine you’re 16 and she’s everything you thought. She’s Marilyn Monroe and then you meet her older sister; everything that’s dark and wrong about her at that age is why you become infatuated with her.” Hot, older “20/20″ will be supported by a major arena tour this fall.justin-timberlake-The-New-York-Times-Style-Magazine-Fall-2013-Peacock-Under-Pressure-3justin-timberlake-The-New-York-Times-Style-Magazine-Fall-2013-Peacock-Under-Pressure-2

Persona For The Sake Of Performance:

Timberlake takes a different moral from the story of Van Ronk and Dylan. He sees the Dylan persona as “methodical,” and that constructedness, he says, is the very essence of how an artist connects with his audience. It’s called performing, and performing is a noble calling, a kind of greater realness. The authenticity is in the ability to make the connection. “I try to talk to people about how much acting goes into music,” he says. “How much of a character goes into what you put on stage. You ever sit down with Jay? He’s not the guy he is on stage. I’m not the guy I am on stage. I am a performer. It’s an elevated idea.”

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For more, click here.

The man is foine (yes foine)

Keep those peepers wide eyed for “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” out and about September 27, 2013.

Be Extraordinary- Alyssa Peacock

[THE NY TIMES]

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