Farewell To The Sophistocrat: Michael Mattis, 1964-2014

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Michael Mattis, who has been a part of Dandyism.net since its very beginning in 2004, died suddenly this weekend in his sleep. He was 49 years old.

He first met Dandyism.net founder Christian Chensvold 20 years ago when he wrote a piece on dandies for his college literary magazine, and Chensvold contacted him in light of the mutual interest.

Tributes are currently going up on Dandyism.net’s Facebook page, as well as Michael’s own. Our own Nick Willard had this to say when he heard the news:

Words fail to express my shock & sorrow.  We just exchanged e-mails this week, catching up with each other.  He shared how he was head over heels over his new woman & how much he loved her.  It seemed that he was at the dawn of the next stage of his life, not at the sunset.

Though he had little tolerance for foolishness, Michael was a raconteur and bon vivant by temperament who above all enjoyed meeting interesting people and swapping stories with them. He has written some of the most insightful pieces for Dandyism.net, under the fitting column heading “The Sophistocrat,” which can be accessed in the menu column at right.

He’s captured above in a photo by Rose Callahan.

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20 Responses to “Farewell To The Sophistocrat: Michael Mattis, 1964-2014”

  1. Ghurron Briscoe Says:

    Rest in peace, dandy Michael Mattis! Ghurron Briscoe

  2. Ghurron Briscoe Says:

    Hi Dandyism, It’s ghurron briscoe’ our successful late dandy Michael Mattis passed in his sleep with his divine senorita; New York City amigo’!

  3. Dorothy Gaffney Says:

    I am deeply saddened at this news. The world of dandyism has lost a great exponent. Michael had the true joie de vivre of the dandy, one that extended beyond mere sartorial inquiry. He proved that such beings are not extinct. Rest in peace, Michael.

  4. Art Says:

    That is very sad news indeed. Thanks to Michael for his contributions.

  5. Mariangela Urquizo Says:

    I have finally gotten to where I can say thank you for this little blurb on Michael, as the woman he was head over heels over, whenever I feel down I do look to this article and other notes he left me. If only temporarily to not feel sadness but happiness at how happy he was before his passing. It’s clear on his last week he was over the moon with joy. If it was his time, at least he went well and very happy and loved.

  6. Vlad D Says:

    So….Is the forum gone forever?

  7. Plawrence Says:

    Vlad, let’s hope not, but I’m not going to hold me breath.

  8. Vlad D Says:

    The ship is sinking without a captain…

  9. Moriarty Says:

    Let’s pretend we’re applying to college again:

    Regarding the forum, will the powers-that-be attempt to resurrect the old forum and its content and/or facilitate the development of a new forum:

    (a) ownership will attempt to resurrect the old forum and the bulk of its content
    (b) ownership will facilitate the development of a new forum
    (c) all (both) of the above
    (d) none of the above…..(and go such an egg, Moriarty!)

    [note: Use of the word "Facebook" will result in the poster being expelled from the human race.]

  10. Chenners Says:

    Powers-that-be would be me.

    The forum, I’m afraid is irrevocably lost. Like the reign of the Regency dandies it will have to live in lore and memory. I’m sorry it happened.

    I can have a new forum installed, but we’ll be starting from scratch.

  11. Moriarty Says:

    Ah, Christian…..Are you telling me that if the right person reached out to the cyber unit of the N.S.A……they couldn’t conduct a “resurrection”??

    Now…..as to another forum……My sense is that would be like a 70 year old getting tipsy, going to their high school reunion, dancing to Elvis or some-such and all the while…..fully expecting to perfectly recreate the high school experience; just as if their were art restorers laboring over a Caravaggio at the Met……not very realistic……And a pale imitation of the old forum, like a botched art restoration, would be worse than leaving things, incomplete and bad as they are, alone……

  12. Moriarty Says:

    P.S. Christian, Merci tellement pour ne pas utiliser le terme Facebook!

  13. John M. Gilheany Says:

    While we latecomers remain tantalised by such hints of lost lore, not having frequented the Forum; there’s still an immense amount of insight to catch-up on here … let us hope the content of Dandyism.net may be preserved for centuries.

    (And eventually be forgiven its current flirtation with the F-place of course).

  14. Vlad D Says:

    That is a shame. All of it gone…(!)
    I think that recreating the forum will either be a rebirth or what Prof says….
    Could go either way, but we should not be idealistic…

    V.

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  18. ProfMoriarty Says:

    Please delete the comment posted on October 30; it’s slanderous.

  19. Vlad D Says:

    Prof,

    Give me a way to get in contact with you, my linkage to you was in the post box here which is now lost. Links will be severed over time if proactive measures are not taken.

    Please write my spam email at Vdavidzon123 at hotmail dot com with your contact emails and phone #s and we shall be in touch in the future that way.

    Vlad

  20. ProfMoriarty Says:

    Vlad,

    Will do tonight.

    “Moriarty”

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