January 27, 2009

porky dreams

i've been obsessed. there was a week when i ate pork every day-- what a jew!-- and i've been cooking pork frequently, recently fueled by pork & sons.

now, a new discovery to make me squeal: cochon 555!

naturally, i have bought a ticket for its arrival in boston on april 5. perhaps there will even be the mysterious mangalitsa.

January 25, 2009

bizzarre hotel design 101: how would you feel if you returned to your room every night to find this?

the difference between old and new publishing media: Bill Bufford's Heat

call these as many distinctions as possible: analog and digital, produced and real, bourgeois and proletariat, central and distributed, controlled and liberated.

they all speak to the unanimously acknowledged transformation that is taking place in the ways that the world and its people receive, interact, and create information.

on the way from the yucatan, i read bill bullford's autographical book, initially excerpted in the new yorker, "heat: an amateur's adventures as kitchen slave, line cook, pasta-maker, and apprentice to a dante-quoting butcher in tuscany." a simple pleasure in reading as are its numerous descriptions of monumental experiences and extraordinary recipes.

the new digital version of the newyorker contains all of its classic formats, but now with an advanced sensibility, including a new excerpt from bill buford consequent work on french cooking, specifically about "extreme chocolate: the quest for the perfect bean," available for the first time across platforms where readers may comment, question, disagree, or discover the next food movement.

though available to subscribers at no extra charge, the fee should be removed for selected pieces, if not entirely, in order to allow exactly the kind of international, intergenerational, and interaesthetic exchange that is the essence of bill bufford's heat.

January 13, 2009

the year in music

my music consumption has slowed significantly this past year, listening mostly to other people's streams at virus and kcrw.

for this reason, pitchfork's top 100 and hype machine's zeitgeist are godsends.

January 01, 2009

new year

people all around are making "new year's resolutions," and one naturally wonders why?

these days, answering such questions often begins with wikipedia, and indeed wikipedia describes a number of traditions associated with the turning of the annual calendar, including the feast of the circumcision of jesus, probably a commonly celebrated tradition no more.

in a typically american spirit, usa.gov lists popular resolutions, but none of them come naturally to me, barring traveling, which is a luxury really. even if it were not, it's a kind of categorical imperative for me.

in a seemingly comprehensive but expectedly biased way, nytimes lists attention grabbing historic events of january 1, and though many of them are in fact monumental, somehow contemplating the future of the euro is not compelling today.

i know that this post is trying to be witty, and there is a limit to all good things.

i have no special resolutions, partly because i prefer daily as opposed to annual reflection, and partly because i grew up without new year's resolutions.

i am happy that nini is pregnant and that i am finally in a position to begin to work on what i want.

happy new year!