Last month, Titanic was screening on demand, so I watched it in bits and pieces, and not in sequential order, over the course of several days. It could be the perfect way to consume the film. I remember seeing Titanic when it first arrived in theaters, and the storyline almost made me throw up. So I can’t explain what drew me in this time, so many years later. But as the second highest grossing movie of all time, I suppose I’m in good company. What’s your Titanic experience?
Illustration by Brian Rea
I’m ready for the Friday night unplug. Wishing you all a great weekend.
Waffle keyboard from the Nexon Computer Museum Cafe
When traveling by air, I rarely check a suitcase, which means my packing needs to be efficient. With a penchant for long novels, I was forced to choose between a weighty tome and that extra pair of shoes, and well, fashion always wins out. So it’s in this scenario, that I started to download books, and have consistently found the experience wanting. I’m not alone. Sales of e-books are declining sharply, and here’s one writer’s eloquent explanation as to why.
Painting by Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber
Each October on his blog Eating Rules, Andrew Wilder challenges his readers to eat unprocessed foods for the month. He defines unprocessed as “any food that can be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.” Last year I guest-blogged for the site, writing about my enthusiasm for grilled red peppers. But before I could post, I had to agree to take the unprocessed pledge. I told Andrew that under no circumstances would I give up the vermouth-soaked olives I use in my nightly martini. For that, he gave me a pass. It was a great experience. Check out his site. If you sign up, let me know.
Photo: Ingredients: A Visual Exploration of 75 Additives & 25 Food Products
Last night, the weather was muggy as it has been for months, and for most of the evening I escaped the heat in my friend’s house, with the AC turned up. And then in lieu of autumn, we ventured outside to take in the red moon. Afterwards to celebrate, we feasted on meatballs al forno followed by grilled duck breast tacos with homemade tortillas. It was a stellar time.
It’s another scorcher here today in L.A., and it’s supposed to hover in the nineties all next week. Sweating at my desk now, despite wearing micro-shorts and a tank top, it’s hard to believe it’s fall. Is it cool where you are? I’m more than ready for scarf weather. How about you?
Collage by Morgana Wallace
After 10 days of reflection and a 26-hour fast (followed by bingeing on bagels and lox), I’m still in a contemplative mood. Watching the Pope on TV today, I welled up with tears. The gentle way he communicates our shared responsibility isn’t the typical fiery rhetoric. But his embodiment of humility and humanity deeply moves me. What’s your Pope experience been like?