“I would prefer not to”

I sat with my head bent over the original on my desk, and my right hand sideways, and somewhat nervously extended with the copy, so that immediately upon emerging from his retreat, Bartleby might snatch it and proceed to business without the least delay.

In this very attitude did I sit when I called to […]

My secret for turkey gumbo

This is the secret to turkey gumbo. First, in a lot of ways, it’s just chicken gumbo, but there’s a strong flavored turkey thing going on that you need to be aware of to achieve balance, and, second, the meat can turn up stringy if you aren’t careful.

The way I deal with the second […]

Charles Durning obit in the New York Times

Charles Pierce points us to Charles Durning’s obituary in the New York Times. I knew something about his acting, but had not heard about his service in WWII:

His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit’s lone survivor of a […]

Linda Greenhouse writes about the NRA and judicial nominations

Yes, judicial nominations. She begins:

There has been plenty written about the National Rifle Association in recent days. But nothing that I’ve seen has focused on the gun lobby’s increasingly pernicious role in judicial confirmations. So here’s a little story.

Back in 2009, when President Obama chose Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his first Supreme Court […]

A Holiday Suggestion from the French 75 Bar at Arnauds

I made this recipe with Makers and Coirvoisier (didn’t have the Hennessy the recipe specifies and discovered it needed more like 10 oz of each than 8. It makes a massive amount– like well over a gallon, and one would think serves well over the 8 specified, although I found it went really fast.

I […]

Crime and Punishment

THe NY Times writes about a NJ case:

By all other measures it would be a routine case of the “C.S.I.” age: a detective working a cold case alights on a stray clue, and running a DNA sample, finds a man he believes is the killer. Thirty-six years after the crime, the man is brought […]

Another Genius in the House Republican Caucus


A quick quote:

“I’ve heard of people being killed playing ping-pong — ping-pongs are more dangerous than guns,” he said. “Flat-screen TVs are injuring more kids today than anything.”

h/t Weigel

Boles Shoe Shop in the Twenties

The space that is now becoming the new location for the restaurant Petra has an interesting history. For most of its history, it was the oldest black-owned business in Oxford, and one of the oldest continuous businesses. In 1898, it was bought by the gentleman with the tie, Mr. W.R. Boles (the concept that […]

Denver Post obituary for Jake York

Describing Jake York as “a poet \relentlessly dedicated to the foot soldiers of the civil rights movement, with occasional forays into celebrating the virtues of barbecue,” the Denver Post notes that Jake, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, was named a Literature Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts this year. […]

More about Jake York

One summer, Jake York was the poet-in-residence, living in the house the University uses to house Grisham visiting writers, and, for the fourth of July, Joe, Jake, and I roasted a whole hog for a big party of family and friends. I have a lot of pictures of the process, but not any with […]