Posted in film, High Fashion, italy, men on December 3, 2010 by John


Posted in Uncategorized on December 2, 2010 by John


Because more journalism should be long-form.

A City in a Glass

Posted in G&T's, san francisco, WEST COAST with tags , , on December 2, 2010 by John

A carefully made cocktail list with both eternal and new classics. Camper’s list helps explain what makes San Fransisco a great cocktail town. The Irish Coffee is there, yes, but so is another Bay Area original, the Pisco Punch. New classics like the Chartreuse Swizzle and the Cable Car are there too. Then there’s a good representation of the new school with drinks from Beretta and Bourbon & Branch. A job well done. Cheers!

The New Rules

Posted in America, EAST COAST, lists, the past with tags , , on November 12, 2010 by John

Rules on how to make a great publication from one of America’s finest magazines, The Atlantic.

Rule #9 is probably a big part of why I subscribe: “The Atlantic has three dimensions — breadth of interest, height of interest, depth of interest.”

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Wild Woody

Posted in celebrities, film, France, white people on November 11, 2010 by John

Woody Allen interviewed by the Paris review.

Allen talks about comedy, working to your ability, and his adventures in prose. A little trim on the film side but otherwise earnest and smart.

Frank the Tank

Posted in G&T's, NYT linking, tubes on November 11, 2010 by John

I just wanted to call to your attention that The Times has actually started doing cocktail coverage, in a better late then never sort of way.

All is forgiven though, because Frank Bruni is great. He admits that he’s not a mixological expert, but I think that gives him a better perspective.

There is a lot of navel gazing in the cocktail universe. Just look at this guy in this video. He’s putting “the world’s best sweet vermouth ” in a hot coffee cocktail.

Bruni is famous for being the Times’ restaurant critic. I love how he can apply that to calling this joker out on his BS (Half the reason I posted this was for the high comedic value of this video).

Being an outsider looking in helps Bruni’s writing, and I’d like to think the cocktail culture at large. Both articles on the Frisco cocktail and spiked coffee are some of the better writing on this important subject that I’ve read. Take a look.

The Frisco

Spiked Coffee

Fur Arvo

Posted in God Almighty, music, NYT linking with tags on October 17, 2010 by John

I was happy to see Arvo Part pop up on the front page of today. The NYT Magazine did a profile of the minimalist composer for his 75th birthday.

At certain points in his life he was obsessed with seagulls and unlocking the secrets of Gregorian chants. That didn’t take. His system of “tintinnabuli” though, pairing melody with a second stabilizing line beneath the melody, became his musical and philosophical cornerstone.

A fascinating read about a fascinating mind.

Of course, I have some albums for you. The late seventies were when Part reached his mature period and when tintinnabuli really kicked in. These are two of his biggest releases from back then.

Alena (1976)

Tabula Rasa (1977)