By the end of this week, when the racist glimmer dust has settled and the fat has coagulated, Paula Deen will be a ruined woman. She’ll be the Hester Prynne of fried food, the Tess d’Urbervilles of cholesterol. She’s already been forsaken by Target, Novo Nordisk, Walmart, Caesar’s Palace and millions of non-racist fans. She Read More
Joshua David Stein
The way certain very special uptown Manhattan people talk and the way some of them walk, for instance, makes them homefolks. — Albert Murray, South to a Very Old Place
If the rat race has a center, it’s Midtown Manhattan. Midtown, slightly tattered, getting taller; not Wall Street, getting slicker, always fatter. Midtown Read More
Paula Deen is in the wilderness now. She’ll be back, but I can’t help but savor the television chef’s exile. Her sudden downfall started with the confirmation last week that she had used the word “nigger” and had also considered having a plantation-themed wedding for her brother. Since the deposition (in a civil case against Read More
Edible (and Branded) Content: ABC Cocina Buys the Farm, Sells the Table—and the Results Are Perfection
I arrived in New York City at the turn of the century, and I’ve been writing professionally—or at least for pay—ever since. In the decade-plus that I’ve been fortunate enough to make a living as a writer, I’ve seen scores of publications fold up like origami cranes and fly away. Some vanish in the night Read More
For restaurants in New York, there are spaces blessed and spaces cursed. The accursed kind is inevitably occupied by a telltale loser parade of strangely named tenants, like FR.OG, and ill-begotten concepts, like a “barstro.”
During their short lives, these places are as barren as Sarah, as lonely as Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks and as shifty Read More
The chef Wylie Dufresne looks a bit like a character out of The Far Side. He is still boyish at 42, with indoor-only onionskin, anachronistic muttonchops, bookish glasses and long, side-parted hair. If you wanted to compare them side by side, however, which would be useful, that might be difficult.
In 1998, when the Internet Read More
In 1973, what would become known as the Paris Peace Accords was signed after months of deliberation by Henry Kissinger, the shifty dark lord of U.S. foreign policy, and Lê Đuc Tho, who had spent years in a French colonial prison and represented the North Vietnamese government. The agreement ended American involvement in the war Read More
NPR recently announced they would cease broadcasting Talk of the Nation in June, thus pulling off one of the most bald-faced betrayals since Judas in the Upper Room or Dylan in Royal Albert Hall. The betrayal cut along many lines and was felt, by this reporter, acutely.
The reason given for the cancellation was the clamor of member stations for “a magazine-style news show at the middle of the day, something along the lines of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.” But it seems to me Talk of the Nation was meant to give voice not to the Torey Malatias of the world but to the grain farmers of Nebraska, the taxi drivers of Detroit, the P.E. teachers in Denver. It was, that is, Radio for the National Public. No matter what reason given, that NPR is cancelling one of the only shows that did this directly cannot be seen as anything but treachery. Read More
To those who wish to listen, New York City is a cacophony of echoes. On street corners, near subways, now-divorced couples repeat their first kisses in endless memory loops. Crime scenes leave unseen scars long after the blood’s been scrubbed clean. Every threshold is a goodbye, every stairway a stumble. Everything to do has been done; everything new isn’t new at all. Stick around long enough and all you’ll hear are the echoes. Read More
Sweden has not staged a land invasion since the poorly understood and more-puckish-than-belligerent Åland Crisis of 1918. But a few years ago, that land of white snow, blue eyes and extraordinary health care began establishing sleeper cells in New York. Its Omaha was Williamsburg’s hipster beach.
First came the moustaches, establishing a front Read More