- The Telephone EXchange Name Project.
- The seductive nostalgia of the picnic.
- The power of paper.
- Tom Hanks really loves typewriters. A great interview at WBEZ.
- CBS Sunday Morning examines the real Einstein.
- Lee Smith on Jean Stein, who died earlier this week.
- Twin Peaks is coming back to TV later this year. Slate has several articles on how the show changed television.
- A recipe from 1928: Rice Krispies Date Pudding.
I can’t remember where I first saw the recipe for this drink – either in one of the many cocktail books I own or a web site – but I thought that in these tense days, reporters, correspondents, and writers in general need support more than ever. And booze is good support (also: money).
3/4 oz. gin
1/4 oz. dry vermouth
1/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1/4 oz. Cointreau (or orange Curacao)
1/4 oz. lemon juice
dash of Angostura bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Try not to tweet after having a few.
I don’t know much about poetry. I used to read the stuff Bukowski wrote when he was drunk and I know a couple of dirty limericks, but I don’t read a lot of poetry. But I like this. It’s by Phyllis McGinley, and it was posted by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Twitter (I posted it in my Saturday Evening Post column last month). I was reading a book of McGinley’s essays and did a little research on her since I wasn’t familiar with her work. I discovered she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1961 and wrote several children’s books. She wrote the book the animated special The Year Without A Santa Claus (I’m Mister Heater Miser…) is based on.
I don’t know why The Brian Setzer Orchestra decided to turn the theme from The Flintstones into a Christmas song, but I’m glad they did.
Robert Vaughn passed away last month, and while surfing around I came across this Christmas promo pic for The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
OK, this is a quite different than the song in the previous post. From the 1956 album Ski Trails, it’s Jo Stafford with Paul Weston and His Orchestra doing “Sleigh Ride.”
I’m old school when it comes to Christmas songs – Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como – and there are only a handful of modern holiday tunes I like. This is one. It was written by Carol Hall (for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Dolly Parton does a great version. I really like this one too, by Leigh Nash.