Saturday, January 13, 2018

hooker pasta

Linguini alla puttanesca is literally 
"linguini in the style of a whore" in Italian. 

Shocking, I know, but in earlier times we had a tendency to shrug off politically incorrect stuff like this. 

But it is salty and complex and delicious! 

Drain the oil from a 4oz jar of anchovies and from a cup or two of oily black olives into a large, thick bottom pot. 

7 or 8 tablespoons of oil is about right.

Chop four large cloves of fresh garlic,
and two large red peppers.

Heat the oil to sizzling and drop the vegetables in.

4 tablespoons of capers.

Chop the capers and anchovies and add them to the vegetables.

Coarsely chop a cup or two of salty black olives, I used pitted kalamatas but almost any black olive will do. 

Throw them in and keep stirring and bubbling.

Now chop up four large Summer tomatoes and a little basil you froze towards the end of last season. Sure you did. 

(Or a 28 ounce can of peeled if you must.)

Tons of freshly ground black pepper. 
The anchovies and capers are salty enough.

Bubble it gently for about 20 or 25 minutes,
then blend smooth about half of it, then dump it all back in.

Taste and add salt if you really want to. 

I don’t think it needs it. Yum.

DeCecco #7 linguini.

And then serve it with a flourish of grated reggiano and an icy cold beer (to your favorite lady_of_the_night.)

Friday, January 12, 2018


Thank you Alex!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

sneaker pimps

America’s athletic shoe market topped $17 billion in 2016.

The secondary market where collectors trade has been growing ever since Nike released the Air Jordan in 1985. 

And this year, believe it or not, the secondary market became a one BILLION dollar industry.

That’s about what we gave to Pakistan last year.

Our secondhand sneaker money.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

we have done this to ourselves

America’s “Gilded Age” ran from about 1870 through the turn of the 20th century, but it wasn’t gold for everyone.

These were good times if your name was Astor or Carnegie, Vanderbilt or Rockefeller, Dupont or Pulitzer or Mellon.

They wore diamonds and top hats. 
The rest of America was in rags. 

And the vast majority of wealth was in the control 
of just 4 or 5 companies by 1895.

The “middle” class of the Gilded Age complained bitterly about the concentration of obscene wealth in the hands of so few.

Most Americans don’t know their history and thus, 
we are all doomed to repeat it.

But this time we've traded away our right to complain.

Monday, January 8, 2018

generation gap2

Or at least so says HUMBLE Kendrick Lamar, at the top of his game and at the top of the “music” industry in 2017.

Music is largely rhythm today, words in cadence now define most of the genre.

Before rap, music was melodious and harmonious, too, with chord progression, denouement and conclusion.

This is “Warmth of the Sun” by the Beach Boys.

It’s what used to be called a “love song”.

The lyrics seemed nicer in 1964, too. 
Or maybe it's just me.

Sunday, January 7, 2018