Ordinary Sunday Brunch

Ordinary Sunday Brunch

Ordinary Sunday Brunch

Music Links

[Mu1] Inside the Secretly Lucrative World of Solo Piano Music

[Mu2] A tad over the top here IMO, but that opening sequence was all time great stuff. “Belly Is the 2nd Greatest Music Video of All Time Behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller'”

[Mu3] Roy Hargrove, Grammy-Winning Jazz Trumpeter, Dies At 49

[Mu4] New music video celebrates 25th anniversary of Iz’s album Facing Future. Facing Future remains the best-selling album in the history of Hawaiian music.

[Mu5] “Cajun music is rooted in the songs and fiddle tunes of the Acadians—French speakers who migrated from France to Canada in the seventeenth century, and from Canada to Louisiana in the eighteenth century. It combines Acadian, German, Native American, and African American elements, along with influences from country and western, blues, and pop to create a uniquely American regional musical tradition.”

Art Links

[Ar1] They Get Paid to Touch the Art: Apprentices in a new program at the Broad learn the nuts and bolts of handling artworks by Jeff Koons, Nina Chanel Abney and more

[Ar2] For millennia, the intensity of Sicily’s southern sun, magnified by the three seas surrounding it (the Tyrrhenian, Ionian, and Mediterranean), has been matched by the ever-present specter of death. Like Persephone, whose abduction by Hades is among the island’s defining myths, it seems to live half in light and half in darkness.

[Ar3] How Conspiracy Theories Shape Art

History Links

[Hi1] For two decades as he ruled Boston’s underworld as its brutal kingpin, Whitey Bulger secretly led a double life as an informer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

[Hi2] This 110-Year-Old Steamboat Is a Floating History Lesson

[Hi3] I’m a big fan of this publication: “Lewis Lapham’s Antidote to the Age of BuzzFeed.”

There are stage moves, then there are diva moves, and there there is Aretha pulling her wig off and chucking it

Food Links

[Fo1] A history of barbecue in Alabama

[Fo2] Facebook Marketplace Has Awesome Food, and Regulators Can’t Stand That. Neither can established restaurants.

[Fo3] The Glittery and Gold Food Trend Is a Plague That Must Be Stopped


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9 thoughts on “Ordinary Sunday Brunch

  1. Fo3: something I have always wondered…..with gold-covered food, does the, ah, end-product of digestion wind up glittery?

    I am way way too cheap (and have too many dental issues) to want to try gold-covered food but I’ve always wondered that.

    But, point well taken: the need to make everything perfect and “Instagram worthy” is ruining the world; I recently read a story claiming that craft stores needed to “step it up” and be more “Instagrammable” and I was like “No that’s not how it works what they need is to have enough yarn in a single dyelot to make a sweater for an adult person with, or they need to have the bead racks properly organized so you can find stuff, they don’t need to make everything twee and pretty.” The claim was “Millennials” (they really mean Gen Z) would allegedly only be attracted to stores that they could feature on social media and I suspect the Instagrammers are like maybe 5% of the actual population, and the overlap with many of the hardcore crafters is probably minimal.

    I mean, I’m a hardcore crafter (and Gen X, so no one gives a literal crap about me, nevermind I have more disposable income than your average Gen Z kid) and I’m a lousy photographer and I care more about making stuff than I do about staging the stuff I’ve made so it looks pretty. (And I suspect the reason I was always an outlier is that I’m a hot mess who lets all the messiness in my life out on show in places like my blog instead of pretending I’m better than I am)

    I’ll be glad when “wabi-sabi” (wonkiness or imperfection) becomes on-trend again. And not “pretty” wabi-sabi that isn’t really imperfect, but the genuine article.

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    • When I first got into cooking, watching Emeril Live was so enduring because he would mess things up in real time occasionally, laugh it off as “we are cooking for real here” then praise the assistant that would come running out to fix the error and make a joke of it and start again. There is something to what you say about staging. Seems to me there is a real difference in – lets call it “presenting” – as opposed to real, true “craftsmanship”. Something you could probably expound on better than me (and should, write that up as you have opportunity)

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  2. Great group of links thank you! You touched on a bunch of things that resonate with me. Iz, food, art, I’m going to be reading through all of them later when I have more time….except Ar1 which I think is about my chosen career but I can’t read it …damn you WSJ

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    • You know what more construction in the neighborhood means?

      People moving into the neighborhood.

      Rent control, if you can get it, means that the neighborhood will more or less stay the same even if there are a lot of people competing for your apartment.

      It’s like the immigration debate, only smaller.

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      • I agree with you here. After 9/11, the novelist Colson Whitehead had an essay in the Times where he observed that New Yorkers want the city trapped in amber at the moment they moved there.

        I think this is pretty true and can be replicated across human nature. The problem is that it is also impossible and equals death.

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