1. Lately we’ve been watching seventies movies: Marathon Man, Mean Streets, Charley Varrick. I hadn’t seen any of them before, but the clothes, cars, hairstyles, and interiors all felt deeply familiar. Of course; they’re artifacts of the world that surrounded me when I was tiny.
2. Charley Varrick was clearly influential to the Coen brothers when they made No Country For Old Men. We felt smart for approximately a minute on realizing this, at which point we Googled and saw how many others had previously pointed it out.
3. I don’t write much here about current events. That doesn’t mean I’m ignoring them.
4. I’ve recently rediscovered that when you need to hold it together, clothes with a certain amount of inherent structure and heft can help. Professional drag; grownup costume.
5. I recommend making kale chips. Here is how. Get a bunch of kale. Wash it. Rip it up; discard the stems. Arrange it on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt. Cook at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or so, til the edges of the leaves are browned. Eat.