NY Times Always Ready With Novelistic Description

Crisis or no crisis:

Mr. Gross, a lanky 64-year-old who practices yoga and who sometimes speaks so softly that co-workers lean toward him, as if on an E. F. Hutton commercial, drifts around the room, an unknotted pale blue Herm├Ęs tie draped around his neck like a scarf, his gray and brown hair extending down over his ears, a style reminiscent more of the 1970s than today.