Friday, September 26, 2014

A Dictatorship of Likes

"Culture appears more monolithic than ever, with a few gigantic corporations—Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon—presiding over unprecedented monopolies. Internet discourse has become tighter, more coercive. Search engines guide you away from peculiar words. (“Did you mean . . . ?”) Headlines have an authoritarian bark (“This Map of Planes in the Air Right Now Will Blow Your Mind”). “Most Read” lists at the top of Web sites imply that you should read the same stories everyone else is reading. Technology conspires with populism to create an ideologically vacant dictatorship of likes."

~Alex Ross, writing in The New Yorker: "Naysaysers" on "Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture"

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cassandro El Exótico: "Your Ego is Not Your Amigo"

“You know who I fight in the ring? Cassandro. The guy who needs to be famous. Your ego is not your amigo. It’s Saúl against Cassandro up there. I had to become humble.”

~The Mexican luchador, Saul Armendáriz, on his famed exótico persona, Cassandro.

Source: The New Yorker: "The Man Without a Mask."

Lucha Libre Poster [Source]

Cassandro [Source]

Thursday, September 11, 2014

I Suppose I Won't Deactivate my Facebook Account

We've all experienced that moment when, fed up with our Facebook experience, we think, "That's it, I'm deactivating!" Some of us actually do this. Others, like me, stick around for the next awesome post--like this photo from my friend, the writer, Rachel Pollon.

More Facebook:

"The Facebook Lists"

"Jamaal May's Facebook Status Updates" 

"First Grade Summer Journal"

& some Stonehenge:

"Stonehenge and the Promise of Spring"

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Warming Foods of Autumn

For some, the end of summer is a depressing time. If you’re like me, you associate summer with youth, that unbearably exciting season of limitless play.

Even as an adult, the return of school in September inspires within me a strange, sad mopiness. If I’m not careful, a mere errant wind, hauling the smell of scorched leaves, might crush me.

And yet, there is always that day, that inevitably gorgeous day on the nib of summer and fall, when, browsing the local market, I come upon the season’s first butternut squash; when, holding the squash in my hand, I recall the soulful thrill of butternut squash soup.

And so, after days of thinking, “I can’t go on,” I look at this simple gourd as nothing less than a total cure, and I say to myself, “I’ll go on. Soup will save me.”

A variation of my butternut squash soup for Whole Foods Market

To me, a seasonal soup is the absolute best way to eat the season. A light Gazpacho or Carrot & Almond soup is well-suited for the spring and summer months, but the cooler months compel opulent, humble soups: Butternut Squash Soup (recipe below), Chickpea Soup with Saffron and Mushroom-Almond Garnish, or Sweet Potato and Fennel Soup with Saffron.

Soup also offers a template for combining ingredients tailored for certain health conditions or body constitutions. A light miso soup offers refreshment to a sluggish constitution. Butternut squash soup, on the other hand, soothes a cool constitution like my own.

Most soup recipes are easily adaptable. With practice, you can tailor your soup to you and your family’s distinct emotional and nutritional needs. I add turmeric to my butternut squash soup, for example, because it lends an emotionally uplifting, vibrant color to the dish; but turmeric is also autoimmune supportive. Additionally, instead of olive oil, I add extra virgin coconut oil to my soup—not only for its fragrance, which reminds me of a certain surf shop in Stone Harbor, but because it is rich in antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral lauric acid.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

What do we need to make the country grow?

Well, my telephone rang, it would not stop
It's President Kennedy callin' me up
He said, "My friend, Bob, 
what do we need to make the country grow?"
I said, "My friend, John, "Brigitte Bardot, Anita Ekberg 
Sophia Loren"
Country'll grow.

~Bob Dylan, "I Shall Be Free"

Sophia Loren [Image via: Dappered]

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Man Fined for Pretending to be a Ghost

"The witnesses reported the group engaging in rowdy behaviour and one of them throwing their arms in the air and saying 'woooooo'."

 ~A Hampshire police spokesman, after local witnesses complained about a man "pretending to be a ghost and other rowdy behavior in a cemetery."

Source:"Man fined for pretending to be ghost in Portsmouth cemetery."

Anyone else excited for Halloween, 2014?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Now That's One Badass Blazer

[Source: Esquire]

Monday, September 1, 2014

Goodbye, Summer

Wooden Puzzle by Antonio Vitali [Source: An Ambitious Project Collapsing]

More goodbyes to summer:

A poem: "We Will Never Die"

An essay: "Be still, my shark-filled heart."

My daughter, Ella, dancing in an Icelandic toy store: July 2014