Here’s the Official Black-Eyed Susan Recipe For the 2013 Preakness Stakes

Here’s the Official Black-Eyed Susan Recipe For the 2013 Preakness Stakes

The Black-Eyed Susan is hardly as elegant as the Kentucky Derby’s Mint Julep. But, it sounds tasty enough. The weird thing about the Black-Eyed Susan is that there are so many variations on how to make it. Sometimes it’s made with vodka, sometimes with whiskey. This recipe calls for both vodka and whiskey and Baltimore…

Roger Ebert on Travel, Writing, and Being Lonely
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Roger Ebert on Travel, Writing, and Being Lonely

In the wake of the passing of film critic Roger Ebert, I am, like many of Ebert’s admirers, revisiting some of his writings. I was particularly struck by this essay, All By Ourselves Alone, in which he discusses his travel rituals in cities like Venice and London. He opens the piece at a familiar Venetian cafe:…

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The Perils of Networking When Everyone Is Your Friend

I know a lot of fascinating people. I know writers and editors, chefs and restaurateurs, celebrity personal assistants and a few well-connected people in the television industry, pilots and programmers, museum curators and fashion designers. Many of the fascinating people I know I knew Before Social Media (BSM)*, while many others I “know” I have…