the state


-of salinger by jgrimsrud
Friday, 29 January 2010, 11:51
Filed under: -of jgrimsrud, -of reads, -of the outside world

another bit of sad news came this week: the death of jd salinger.  i immediately thought of the onion, who just ran an obit:

“Bunch of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger”

but the news made me think of this gem:

“Search For Self Called Off After 38 Years”

The search initially showed great promise, with Speth’s early discovery of his uncle’s old Doors records and a copy of The Catcher In The Rye. Over the next two decades, however, the “leads just petered out.”



– of zinn. by vastate
Friday, 29 January 2010, 1:38
Filed under: -of civil rights, -of human rights, -of jhumphrey, -of politik, -of reads

r.i.p.



– of the new guard. by vastate
Thursday, 28 January 2010, 8:53
Filed under: -of eats, -of jhumphrey, -of localism

we’ve posted about our small obsession with under-the-radar, pseudo-restaurant, dinner parties before.

(we’re hosting one for Friendly City Co-Op in Feb…)

so, i was particularly keen on this:

sounds a hell of a lot better than cuchi guidos to me…



– of bitters. by jhumphrey
Sunday, 24 January 2010, 21:29
Filed under: -of drink, -of jhumphrey, -of politik

and, to top it off, even if we wanted to drink away our tears at the state of the nation, we can’t.

or at least it’s more difficult to obtain the necessary ingredients for a manhattan.

the bitters are suspended.

thanks to the recession, which has reached trinidad & tobago, production of angostura bitters has been halted:

glad we picked up a super cheap bottle (randomly) at teetotaling sharp shopper a few months ago.



-of cash by jgrimsrud
Saturday, 23 January 2010, 1:51
Filed under: -of civil rights, -of jgrimsrud, -of politik

just read it.

the court’s blow to democracy — the new york times

one handsome activist.



– of dance entertainment. by vastate
Thursday, 21 January 2010, 18:12
Filed under: -of film, -of jhumphrey, -of kiddos, -of sound

the most requested video around these parts today:

gregory hines, sammy davis jr., tap dance-off…does it get better?

well.  along dance-theme lines, this was also popular among the 3 year old set:

isn’t that soundtrack (to 1985’s white nights, featuring mikhail baryshnikov, helen mirren, gregory hines, and a pre-blue velvet isabella rosallini) fantastic?  sort of a passionate russian tom waits.  it’s vladimir vysotsky.  here’s more of the bard:



– of interviews. by vastate
Wednesday, 20 January 2010, 23:47
Filed under: -of art, -of jhumphrey, -of reads, -of sound

this week has been red letter for podcasts.

(isn’t that all bloggity of us to push other crazy new-fangled computer media on you?)

however, if you’re feeling nervous, take comfort in knowing that both of these audio suggestions lead directly to new books…

1.) god we love patti.

check out fresh air, terri gross, and patti smith.

2.) and we think michael is damn straight.

now, go directly to on point, tom ashbrook, and michael pollan.