The past two weekends I’ve dedicated to cultivating life skills, and having fun doing so. I hosted a barbeque for 25 people the Saturday before last, and another smaller, more spontaneous, one the week after. If I say so myself, both went pretty well, no-one was poisoned, and the food was good enough that people asked for the recipes I had followed. Motivated by this I’m now the proud owner of a proper mixing bowl, a wire rack, and a few more cooking books.
- Inspired by this Munchies video, I recently made a chilli and squid salad, and last night I made mussels steamed in white wine. Apparently I’m quite impressionable, as I also decided after watching a Lucky Peach video that I’d learn how to shuck oysters - my oyster knife is already in the post.
- I wanted to do something a little different for the big BBQ, so I set a theme of Tapes, Vapes, and Canapes. The tapes, aside from being the perfectly hip accompaniment, turned out to be perfect for parties; no-one was pissing about with the music, and we had a real mix. I bought a copy of Hailu Mergu & His Classical Instrument and Aby Ngana Diop, Liital, but we also had Joni Mitchell and a copy of NME 001 Dancin’ Master. Felix Kubin has produced a boxset ode to the cassette tape, Chromodioxgedächtnis
- Mimi Sheraton’s dissection of burgers is forensic and I admire it greatly. Personally, I’ve began to opt for a slathering of mayo, English mustard, tabasco, raw red onion, and thickly sliced gherkins. No salad, no bacon, no cheese, no raw tomato, and no ketchup, never bbq sauce. The fatty liquid mayo is cut through by the fresh crunch of the onion and gherkins and the warmth of the mustard and tabasco.
- For some reason I thought that making a 20 minute round trip to buy a 10kg watermelon was worth it (it was worth it). But watermelons haven’t always been as big or as tasty.
- It’s Nice That not only has an amazing new site (it finally works on mobile!), but also a great feature on Edinburgh Fringe poster design. For me though, one of the most fascinating things is where the posters get put up - by the end of August, walls actually bulge outwards at face height from the mass of posters layered on top of one another.
- Baz Luhrman’s Romeo+Juliet is one of my favourite films, but I’ve never before seen how they made the Elevator Scene.
- The Black racial politics of Anime and Cosplay
This World And Others Like It investigates the role of the 21st century explorer by combining computer modeling with analogue photographic processes. Drawing upon the language of 19th Century survey images, I question their relationship with current methods of record making.
- Beautiful photos and branding of the Falafel Drive In in San Jose, California.
- If I combine it with a still object, the resulting space will be like a museum, like a pantheon. If it is brought to a public space, it can heal people’s minds — even, say, at a busy airport. It contains many possibilities.
- The smallest experiments in the world require the quietest room in the world.