In the past couple of weeks, I’ve:
- traveled to freezing Michigan without more layers than 1 thrift store cashmere sweater (not smart);
- came up with a seriously half-baked Halloween costume at the last minute (middling smart), and
- cooked what is
arguablythe most superb vegetable barley soup on this earth (SMART).
While I wish I’d had more time to find interesting things on the Internet, most of my energy has been focused on work for clients. C’est la vie!Here’s a more organized (than usual) list of things I’ve found recently:
- Freemium Access from the New Yorker: “Never in the history of the modern world has there been a better time to be a cheapskate. All you need is a connection or two—a mother, a father-in-law, a brother, someone else’s brother, some mystery uploader in Estonia—and you’re flush with all the news or moving images or music that you could possibly consume.”
- Those of us who think the Pumpkin Spice Latte™ is disgusting are growing in number! Throw some cinnamon in your coffee and get on your way if you’re looking for a real fall flavor fix. That said, I did enjoy this piece from The Awl on the PSL, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the white ladies that love both of those things.
- On advertising and the ‘altar’ of creativity: “Our profession is full of people who mindlessly spew their recipes for brand success, but sadly most of what the poseurs say (and do) is total garbage.”
- M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the myth of/nostalgia around French food.
- Speaking of the French. Flaubert to Maupassant: “You complain about fucking being ‘monotonous’. There’s a simple remedy: cut it out for a bit.” Well, alright.
Back to the week!