Some Recent’ish Work
PUNCH / Lizzie Post Will Save Us All. With Weed. The great-great granddaughter of Emily Post says that etiquette—and generosity—is baked into cannabis culture. It might be just what we need right now.
PUNCH / Drinking with Karina Longworth, The podcast host and former film critic on her new book, SEDUCTION, drinking dirty Martinis at Musso & Frank and reporting on Hollywood’s lurid past amidst its current upheaval
The Ringer / Troma: A Love Story, With the guidance of its indefatigable leader, Lloyd Kaufman, the legendary independent New York studio has been cranking out gross, glorious, and message-laden movies for decades and launching the careers of figures like James Gunn, Marisa Tomei, Eli Roth, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone. And more than 50 years later, Kaufman is still flipping off the film establishment
Saveur / Dispelling the Myths of Southern Food with John T. Edge, Author of the Potlikker Papers discusses paying down a debt to the black + immigrant cooks of the South
Saveur / The Soul of Princess Pamela, Stumbling upon an old soul food cookbook, the Lee Bros uncovered the story of restaurateur, poet, and jazz legend Pamela Strobel
Saveur / The Spirit Hunter, Nicolas Palazzi collects exceptional cognacs and handmade eaux-de-vie. But his greatest finds are the families and stories behind them.
Vanity Fair, Juan Thompson, Son of Hunter S., Writes a Book of His Own, A discussion with the younger Thompson about his life with the late master of gonzo journalism
PUNCH / Snake and Jake’s Operates on the Other Side of Twilight, An Uptown New Orleans bar that’s become a landing place for oddball night owls, even at 6 a.m.
PUNCH / The Old Brooklyn Still Drinks at Bamonte’s, The bar within this 118-year-old mecca of Italian-American cuisine is one of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets
PUNCH / America Is Alive and Well at Paradise Alley, The Queens bar where everybody is treated like a local
PUNCH / Dardy Bar Doesn't Want You to Grow Up, The Williamsburg dive that falls somewhere between rock ‘n’ roll bar and eighth grade art project
PUNCH / Santa Monica's Late Great Celebrity Dive Abides, On Chez Jay, the bygone celebrity haunt that remains an idiosyncratic relic of old Hollywood
PUNCH / Find Your Paradise in Midtown, Tommy Bahama, an under-the-radar, beach-themed attraction in the middle of Manhattan
PUNCH / The Last Speakeasy on Swing Street, A meditation on the Harlem jazz joint, Bill's Place
PUNCH / Why We Still Worship Hemingway at His Bars, Tracing a path through Hemingway's haunts
PUNCH, The Desert Lounge Where Old Hollywood Lives, Thoughts on Melvyn's a one-time Rat Pack refuge and Hollywood haven in Palm Springs
PUNCH / The Irish Pub Is Dead, Long Live the Irish Pub, For as long as the Irish have lived in New York, so, too, have their bars.
Saveur / Higher Ground, At 12,000 feet above sea level, a legion of Bolivian women power an industry around the country's most valuable resource: food
Condé Nast Traveler / 3 Days in Detroit, How to embrace the old and the new in this phoenix of a city
Saveur / Pesto Is a Place, Somewhere on its path to global ubiquity, pesto became a catchall name for any random, herby sauce. Now Ligurians want it back
Saveur / Four Million Pots, Once a year, millions of women make a pilgrimage to Kerala, India to make an offering for their goddess, Attukal Amma (nominated for a James Beard Award 2018 in Foodways, and an IACP award for travel journalism)
Saveur / The Shipwrecked Sailors & the Wandering Cod, In the remote archipelago of Lofoten, Arctic cod have been dried on oceanfront racks since the age of the Vikings. This is the unlikely story of how the humble fish became king of Norway
The New York Times / At Kali in LA, California Cuisine Without the Pretension, A restaurant that skirts preciousness for seriously beautiful food
The New York Times / Touring the Dark Side of Los Angeles, Thoughts on L.A.’s preoccupation with death tourism
Gear Patrol / #vanlife, Hypothetically Speaking, An essay on navigating the theoretical pitfalls of home and the open road with one’s beloved
LitHub / Setting James Joyce’s Most Famous Short Story on the Stage, Feasting with the ghosts of ‘The Dead’
Afar / How Ina Garten Does Paris, The Barefoot Contessa on how to enjoy her second home
Afar / The Sweetest Souvenir, Bringing the world to your kitchen in a pot of honey
Esquire, Q&A w/ Idris Elba, The actor on his iconic voice and gift for accents