In Another Job: This Dad Wants blueberrymuffins for breakfast and meatball subs before lunch followed by a long nap on the couch under my dog-eared hardcover edition of Selwyn Raab’s “Five families† carnitas for dinner, please: braised all afternoon, then blasted crisp in the grill, to serve with warm tortillas, chopped onion and coriander, avocado salsa and limes.
Now it has nothing to do with rising a dough or simmering a Bolognese, but a million years ago I wanted to write an article for the New York Press about a huge collection of heroin packs that folk historian Clayton Patterson had collected in folders in his studio. on the Lower East Side, documenting the breadth of the neighborhood drug trade. But Paul Sheehan bragged to me in The New Yorker, with… a vivid account of his crack vials collectionand my story died on the vine.
My old boss John Strausbaugh is now out with a collaboration with Clayton,”Offbeats: Portraits on the Lower East Side”, that life on the loisada over the past 40 years through the stories of neighborhood characters – “visionaries, artists, misfits and criminals.” You should check it out.
Take a moment with the winners of the BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition 2022, in the Atlantic Ocean. It is best viewed on your desktop, full screen.
In case you missed it (I did!), there’s a new Slough House novel by Mick Herron, “Bad Actors.” I participate.
Finally, here’s a poem by Ada Limon to usher us into the weekend,”Banished Wonders† Enjoy, and I’ll see you Sunday.