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Neocon maudit

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#1371253 The Daughters of Nigella (Lawson, That Is)

Posted by Neocon maudit on 11 April 2016 - 04:58 PM

The thing is, I'd probably watch something with Nigella's actual daughters in it. :unsure:




#1370975 River of Fundament

Posted by Neocon maudit on 08 April 2016 - 09:11 PM

I'm pretentious enough that I feel I should probably see this 'epic 2014 video opera' in which Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Hathfertiti, 'the wife-mother of Mailer’s various incarnations'. 

 

Much of the first third takes place in Norman Mailer’s apartment, at the wake of the dead writer. Presiding is his widow, played by the composer and performer Joan La Barbara. Luminaries chatter about “Norman” — his life, his books, his brilliance. Luc Sante says, “I was working in the mailroom of The New York Review of Books.” Salman Rushdie makes an appearance and intones something about genius. This is an affectionately satirical portrayal of the aging stars in Manhattan’s cultural firmament. Not that anyone would mistake it for a Woody Allen or Whit Stillman movie. Mysterious netting hangs from the dining-room ceiling. In the kitchen, the caterers use more maggots than I assume is typical at these kinds of gatherings. The gray-streaked figures from the opening scene circulate, though no one seems phased by them. Oh, and at the head of the table sits Ptah-Nem-Hotep, the 25th-century BC pharaoh, played by Paul Giamatti.

 

Is Matthew Barney still with Björk?




#1370746 Kings County Imperial

Posted by Neocon maudit on 07 April 2016 - 02:32 PM

I am rather curious, actually, about the fiftysomething Chinese-Americans who dine in Williamsburg...




#1369930 The City That Sleeps

Posted by Neocon maudit on 28 March 2016 - 08:01 PM

In AD 2016, what is the best neighbourhood for post-11 pm dining?  Lower East Side?




#1368392 Micromanage My Life

Posted by Neocon maudit on 15 March 2016 - 03:30 AM

Trump promises me so much winning I'll have my own brownstone.  Or maybe a proper cast-iron loft like Creatives used to have when America was great and the murder rate was 14x what it is now.




#1368352 Anita Brookner

Posted by Neocon maudit on 14 March 2016 - 10:28 PM

For me, this death hits very close to home.  Few authors did as much to prepare me for a life of middle-class, middle-aged loneliness.




#1363660 Antonin Scalia

Posted by Neocon maudit on 15 February 2016 - 02:48 AM

Politico's collection of remarks on Scalia's legacy wonders if 'in constantly attacking the legitimacy of his opponents, rather than just the merits of their arguments, he may have helped coarsen the public conversation around our most challenging issues'.

 

'I hope he sends us Elena Kagan.' At first I wondered if Scalia might be trolling Axelrod, but it seems he was friends with Kagan, and he was the person who helped her fulfil her promise to the Senate to learn about guns and hunting.




#1363648 Antonin Scalia

Posted by Neocon maudit on 15 February 2016 - 02:17 AM

Dahlia Lithwick writes that Scalia was the justice liberals loved to hate.

 

He was the most three-dimensional justice with an often two-dimensional worldview...I can also recall what it was like to read a Scalia dissent back in law school, where amid all the turgid plodding and the footnotes and the case citations of his black-robed brethren, this arcing, sparking full nova exploded into your consciousness: “He is outrageous,” you would think, just as some part of your mind also hissed, “but I want to be on his team.”

 

On a Shakespearian court he was a Shakespearian figure.

 

Do we know which restaurants he and Ginsburg favoured?




#1362826 Amazon Sommelier

Posted by Neocon maudit on 10 February 2016 - 03:28 AM

'Continuing the company's quest to own all aspects of retail and customer service...'

 

Amazon Sommelier, is led by Japanese wine expert Miyuki Hara and employs numerous certified sommeliers; customers leave their phone number by clicking a link on the page for a given bottle of wine (see image below), and wait for a call back.

 

Don't think of relying on Amazon at dinner, however, as the service stops at 5 pm [JST].  So most restaurant sommelier jobs remain safe, actually.




#1362269 The Way We Eat Now

Posted by Neocon maudit on 05 February 2016 - 02:39 AM

Nobody wants 30 minute long pop songs. (But interestingly we do want to listen to a 3 minute song 100 times)

 

I think one issue with modern(ist) kitchens is that instead of writing short stories under a deadline and taking their time with the novels, they write everything as if it it is just a collection of shorts.

 

How's that for stretching it?

 

I was superkeen on seven-minute or more '12-inch' remixes when I was growing up.  But much of the filler and repetition in the sort of music I listen to was there to faciliate turntable mixing by DJs.




#1361114 Lupulo

Posted by Neocon maudit on 28 January 2016 - 07:29 PM

Can we launch a Kickstarter to finance a better low-light camera for Wilfrid?  Maybe a Sony RX100 or the like?




#1355746 Favo(u)rite Meals of 2015

Posted by Neocon maudit on 11 December 2015 - 04:04 PM

Chevalier.

 

As to Blanca, I'm the outlier who didn't find it superlative, though my disappointment was not as severe as Liquid's.




#1355163 Best Pizza - Williamsburg

Posted by Neocon maudit on 06 December 2015 - 01:39 AM

It took some Googling before I realise this post was about an establishment titled 'Best Pizza', not necessarily the best pizza in Williamsburg.

 

It also took me some ten years or more to earn a bachelor's degree.




#1354579 The Chef's Table...

Posted by Neocon maudit on 30 November 2015 - 06:02 PM

Frack me.  What is the crowd there like?




#1354388 Death Pool

Posted by Neocon maudit on 26 November 2015 - 03:24 AM

I suppose Brasserie's design could be construed as somewhat cheesy '60s sci-fi, but I've always liked this space [it's definitely a more successful design than the sci-fi bar that used to be in Eventi, despite Syd Mead's supposed participation].  I'll try to visit one last time this holiday season, before the end.