Balthus, Poirot, Strudel, and Rakka
by Daniel A. Kaufman
A beautiful documentary about David Suchet’s remarkable portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, for 25 years.
A thoughtful, articulate essay on Balthus that is exactly the sort of thing we need more of in today’s rush to “cleanse” history of its “problematic” artists and works.
The late Jerry Fodor on Kripke, Putnam, modality, and the arc of analytic philosophy.
Rakka, an intense, incredibly crafted science fiction short film.
The best easiest pasta recipe you’ve ever made. I was actually quite astonished at how good it came out. Fresh basil is an absolute necessity though.
A blog commemorating Old Yorkville, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, when Manhattan still had bona fide ethnic neighborhoods. It was full of Hungarian, Czech, and German restaurants, bakeries, and butcher shops. I remember it well, growing up.
Left out, but mentioned in the comments is what was the greatest strudel shop ever, Mrs. Herbst…
and the incomparable Hungarian restaurant, Mocca, where you could get a three-course prix-fixe lunch for under 15$ as recently as the 1990’s.
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