The rain has passed, the sunshine is out, and we should all be outside. It’ll be just the links this week.
Did you take French in high school? I did, mostly because it seemed romantic at the time. Now, eight semesters of French later and I barely remember more than the “ferme la bouche!” my friend Jennifer and I would giggle to each other between recitations. I’ve now been to Paris once, and am heading back again in the fall, maybe its finally time to learn French for good?
I worked for a railroad for a year. The maintenance challenges are substantial, the politics obtuse. Call me hopeful, but I think that maybe, just maybe, Andy Byford will actually save the subways.
The middle child is going extinct.
Half of all Americans think women should be required to take their husband’s last name. Uh, that’s going to be a hard no.
“The wishes of the dead do not take precedence over the needs of the living.” This piece resurfaced in the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s death, it’s was powerful in 1996, and it still resonates today. Meanwhile, I’m just reading profile after profile after profile of the late Bourdain, of whom I’m not quite willing to let go.
The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf is one of the most prolific writers around. When he writes, you read.
I couldn’t look away from this conversation with the supremely strange Gwyneth Paltrow.
Am I brave enough to do this leg workout at the public park in front of my apartment? Hmm.
I wasn’t a regular read of Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold. Much like David Bowie, it’s a shame to really be discovering his work posthumously.
I’m already in for $2.50 in late fees at the library, but I’m hooked on John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies.
To Watch and Listen
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I cried and I have no shame.
I was reading a profile of James Beard award-winning pastry chef Dolester Miles. She mentioned her famous lemon merengue tart is her favorite among all of her desserts. Let it be so.
I have never grown a damn thing in my life and now our community garden is flush with cucumbers. These spicy pickles ought to set those up quite nicely.
Replaced the shrimp with tofu, added a little sriracha, and these cold soba noodles with peanut sauce turned out to be a perfect summertime meal.
David’s Instant Pot is getting dusty. Time to put it to work on this miso risotto.