Popped into Joe’s Shanghai with a couple pals last night for soup dumplings. Dining there was a casual decision, but damn if the taste isn’t sticking with me. They were so good I want to go back there for lunch today. Soup dumplings are made by forming a small ball of ground pork and crab. This is immersed in broth which is then gelatinized to a solid state. Wrap it tightly in a...
Damn your feet are swollen. Forget going to Arthur Avenue tomorrow, I can skip...– Me, the world’s most supportive husband
Fred Armisen is exactly the opposite of punk
The final sketch on SNL this week was Fred Armisen’s goodbye to the show, playing a song as his Ian Rubbish character. He originated the character earlier as a slightly funny but largely self-indulgent singer in the “History of Punk Rock” sketch. It was mildly amusing at best the first time; seeing him reprise it made me want to puke. What an egotistical jackass the guy is. ...
I do enjoy the work
Just received an email from a guy named Henry. My initial reaction was that I don’t know anyone named Henry. Who the fuck is Henry? So I read it and quickly remembered who Henry is. He works for the PR firm that represents several mobbed up scrap yards on Long Island. Henry is the point man that several discreet phone calls steered me to. A few jobs ago I had reached out to a dozen...
bendawson: If I win Powerball, I’m hiring LCD Soundsystem to play “Daft Punk is Playing At My House.” And I’ll also hire Daft Punk to play at my house. If I win powerball I’ll devote my time and money to vanquishing my enemies. I have a list.
Pregnancy just gets better every day
Wife: Oh God, I’m so uncomfortable Me: What is it baby, what can I do? Does your tummy hurt? You want something to eat? Something to drink? You want a back rub? A foot massage? Are you having braxton-hix? Let me get you a glass of water. Or a smoothie. You want a hot water bottle or an ice pack? Please tell me babydoll, what can I do to make you comfortable right now? Wife: If you...
illustratedexample replied to your link: Wouldn’t...
Typically, yes, Bravo’s crew will almost exclusively be brought in aside from a few P.A. jobs. Feature films bring in a substantial outside crew as well, but only after doing their best to hire locally. Further, TV series and feature films are significant enough enterprises that they become training grounds for local crew members. The industry’s success in the area has created an...
Fuck Bravo and Fuck Andy Cohen →
I had previously heard that Top Chef would be filming in New Orleans. What a great, and overdue idea that is. My enthusiasm for the coming season was dampened slightly by the discovery that they were going there largely on the basis of a $200,000 payout from the BP funded Deepwater Horizon recovery fund. While they are within their rights to do so it felt a bit unseemly to me. The arguments...
Pregnancy just gets better every day
Wife: What do we have to eat? Me: I can make you pork chops, poached or roasted chicken breasts, chicken fingers, roast beef, ham, broccoli, fanook, green beans, peas, corn, baked zucchini, ravioli, manicotti or tortellini if you want stuffed pasta, linguine, farfalle, angel hair or penne with either marinara, putanesca, wine and lemon or butter and cheese sauce. Mac and cheese, rice pilaf, some...
We hosted the family’s annual Mother’s Day Brunch for the first time this year. I was pretty jacked up to do it. I spent the better part of my adult life being a no-accout scoundrel and enjoying every decadent moment. It’s so nice to be a man now and have a place where we can, and want to, entertain. I got a little obsessive about it this week. Bought my fresh meats, cheeses and...
Guns and My Mother →
Anyone who wants to discuss gun laws should be required to read this first. Fighting for stronger gun laws has long been gruelling and slow. In my years on the job, we tried everything. I gave the project everything I had. Except one thing. I never told anyone how my own life was changed by a gun.
Mother's Day Brunch
We are hosting the in-laws for the first time this year. I have agonized over the menu for a week now. Here’s what I’m doing: Quiche with spring garlic and chives Fritatta with slab bacon Lamb sausage poached in butter and white wine homemade biscuits fruit course roast tri-tip roast turkey breast smithfield ham (all sliced thin for sandwiches) bowtie pasta, fresh...
God, I really hope our kid isn’t ugly. Or a douchebag.– My Wife says the sweetest things.
The Great Gatsby, or: Emperor, clothes, etc.
Whoa, wait, what? You’re telling me that the Great Gatsby is a shitty movie? The great Baz Luhrman’s version of the Great Gatsby? B-b-but he’s a genius… No, he’s not. Romeo + Juliet was sort of an interesting idea, but ultimately a pretty awful film. You liked it because YOUNG LEO! CLAIRE DANES! You liked it because there was a hip soundtrack, and violence....
Butter Bucket List
Picked up some Celles Sur Belle for the first time today. It’s a French product (truly the masters of the art). It’s made by a cooperative in the Poitu-charentes region which has been active for a little over a century. 82% fat, as is the norm. The cream is fermented before churning, so it should have a strong tang to it. Going to spread some on a ridiculously overpriced baguette...
Part of the joy of being a prospective parent is...
Well that was awkward...
We took an intensive childbirth seminar today. It was us and two other couples. We started off with the educator asking the men to give her one word to describe our feelings about the process. I was first. “queasy” was my word. Then the second guy responded. “Partner” was his word. Asshole. Time for guy number three: “Teammate”. Where do they get...
wentdog asked: Tag. You’re it. The rules are to state 5 random facts about yourself. Then go to ten favorite blogs and tell them they are it.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, that I hate more...
than unreliable people. I had three scouting appointments set up for this afternoon. These are places that I identified as potentially good locations, did the detective work to determine who could grant access, went through the phone calls, letters, emails, etc needed to convince them to let me in, and set up specific times to go there and shoot pictures. Three out of three blew me off today...
brevetcaptain: Really missing Roger Ebert’s review of Iron Man 3. I have a feeling he would have been in rare form on this turd. Shane Black. Ugh. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is the biggest steaming pile of shit masquerading as a film since, well, The Last Boy Scout I suppose.
Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk →
Really important and interesting speech. Here is the full transcript of director Steven Soderbergh’s keynote at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival delivered Saturday. At first he
Lingerie Football League Hit Leaves Defender on... →
Sit the fuck down, bitch!