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9 hours ago, bloviatrix said:

From the archives...I learned over the the weekend that in July, 1978 John McPhee wrote a piece about the greenmarket called Giving Good Weight. Haven't read it yet, but I printed out all 26 pages. Looking forward to reading it. They used really small type in those days.

And they ran 26-page articles.  By John McPhee.

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I meant to make a laudatory post last week to the effect that, where other than The New Yorker might you find a smart, funny, informative article on a literary figure as obscure as Alfred Lord Dunsany

I took that test when we applied to adopt! Picture was from the 30's: any idiot could tell that you were supposed to translate the stallion and the shirtless man in the picture into something sexual.

Mitchell is right on this precise point, though: as a classical music fan, I find its use in classical venues to be an outrage.

I highly recommend Jill Lepore’s story about the early use of predictive analytics by JFK’s 1960 campaign. All completely new to me, at least, and remarkably ahead of its time. It’s well told too, with a strong dash of Mad Men.

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Started the McPhee piece. Can you imagine paying $1 for 3 pounds of heirloom tomatoes? Or $.10 for an ear of corn? Those were the prices back in '77,

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On 8/8/2020 at 7:42 PM, bloviatrix said:

Started the McPhee piece. Can you imagine paying $1 for 3 pounds of heirloom tomatoes? Or $.10 for an ear of corn? Those were the prices back in '77,

In high season today, corn is like 8/$1 in California Central Valley.    LIke Lodi.   5/$1 in supermarkets.    I can't remember hearing the term heirloom tomato in the '70s tho I'm sure Alice Waters was touting old fashioned back yard tomatoes at that time.   

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On 8/8/2020 at 10:19 AM, Wilfrid said:

I highly recommend Jill Lepore’s story about the early use of predictive analytics by JFK’s 1960 campaign. All completely new to me, at least, and remarkably ahead of its time. It’s well told too, with a strong dash of Mad Men.

There is nothing about this in T.H. White's Making of the President 1960 -- in fact, he states on the first page that politics is not an exact science in the hands of "big, impersonal computers."

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3 hours ago, voyager said:

In high season today, corn is like 8/$1 in California Central Valley.    LIke Lodi.   5/$1 in supermarkets.    I can't remember hearing the term heirloom tomato in the '70s tho I'm sure Alice Waters was touting old fashioned back yard tomatoes at that time.   

I'm paying $.75/ear this year at the greenmarket.

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