This Week’s Various

The NYT Sunday Review runs an editorial, ‘Of Poor Farmers and ‘Famous Men” wherein the NYT author again visits Hale county.

And yet their faces show they were clearly and utterly defenseless. The book imposed a strange and unwanted fame on Hale County, where many saw its unflinching depiction of poverty as exploitive and cruel. That is what makes the descendants there still so angry, quick to vent their frustration on the occasional reporter who arrives asking for names and directions.

Alabama Football Saved My Life! — a documentary to be funded via Kickstarter. I can’t help but think that the $2000 level donation would make someone a wonderful present.

The Bottle Tree Ranch in California has a feature in the LA Times, with slideshow.

An article on Kathryn Tucker Windham in this month’s B’ham Magazine.

Frank Gehry collection at Tiffany.
…and conversely, Dept. 56 introduces Chick-Fil-A.

Treme Creole Gumbo Festival this weekend.

Langston Hughes wrote ‘Black Nativity’ with gospel music.  It’s being performed in New Orleans — and there’s a fantastic interview about it on WWNO.

The WPA post office mural in Tuscumbia will be back up in 2012 following a renovation.

Sweet-sweet Leonard Knight, who created Salvation Mountain in California, is in the hospital.

Lucky’s on James Island, Charleston — pimento cheese broiled oysters.

Later this month, PBS’ American Masters series will show “Charles and Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter”

Kodak Brownie nightlight.

Half the walls in my home are painted in the same colors as Restoration Hardware, which really pales in comparison to the fact that you can now paint the walls of your home in the very same hues that the Guggenheim uses.  Really:
For more than 50 years the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has selected the perfect wall colors to complement the celebrated collection of modern art showcased in its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home on Fifth Avenue.

Now through an exclusive licensing arrangement with Fine Paints of Europe, Inc., of Woodstock, Vermont the Guggenheim shares these trade secrets with homeowners, interior designers, architects, and art lovers everywhere.

The James Beard people say the new hot pastry item are Canelés.  And to make those, you need this unless you want to go silicone.  But French copper is really so much more…wonderful…

Oh, and they think doughnuts are about to take off, too.

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