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Friday, September 18, 2020

Drinking In America, One Distinctive Cocktail At A Time, by Robert Simonson, New York Times

Back in 2019, when a person didn’t have to quarantine for two weeks each time he crossed a state border, the author and bar owner Brian Bartels cashed in all his vacation time and spent a few months visiting 44 of the 50 states. On some long weekends, he’d hit three or four. His goal? To find out where people drank, what they drank and why.

The result is “The United States of Cocktails,” a new book that enumerates, explores and celebrates hundreds of regional bars, drinking traditions, spirits, quaffs and quirks.

Skyhorse Publishing’s House Of Horrors, by Keziah Weir, Vanity Fair

What do Woody Allen, Roger Stone, thimerosal, and adult coloring books have in common? It sounds like the kind of dystopian crack that should only have a punch line. And yet, there is an answer, and the answer is Skyhorse Publishing.

As Shakespeare Reminds Us, The Goodness Of Manures And Composts Is Often Misunderstood, by Stefan Buczacki, NewStatesman

As a fellow resident of Stratford-upon-Avon, I have long known Shakespeare’s writings to be full of gardening wisdom, and while watching a film of Romeo and Juliet recently, I found yet another example. What words of horticultural truth the old Franciscan, Friar Laurence, utters: “For naught so vile that on the earth doth live/But to the earth some special good doth give.” I thought immediately of my compost bins, simmering in the corner of the garden.

It’s A Banana. It’s Art. And Now It’s The Guggenheim’s Problem., by Graham Bowley, New York Times

“Of all the works I have to confront, this is probably one of the simplest,” Ms. Stringari said. “It’s duct tape and a banana,” she added.

The conservation of conceptual art is not always so straightforward for museums increasingly asked to preserve works made from of all kinds of ephemeral substances, like food.

Pride, Prejudice And The Story Of New York English, by The Economist

In her new book, “You Talkin’ to Me?”, E.J. White of Stony Brook University celebrates the disputatious, never-let-them-call-you-a-sucker language that is New York English. Ms White reckons a conversational manner that might be called “assertive” by, say, polite Britons, is, for New Yorkers, not rude but the opposite: a sign of engagement, and therefore of warmth. Patient, slow-paced styles can, to the New Yorker, seem aloof.

Old Soldier, Lower East Side, by David Salner, Consequence Magazine

RikkaRikk—the wind

rattled in airshaft windows fifty years ago
when you put Doc and Merle on the RCA