Had I had tried Sea Urchin before then it would have been at Le Bernardin or The Willows Inn — but surely I’d have remembered the experience. Anyway, recently I tried Sea Urchin at a Japanese restaurant and it was one of the most compelling flavours I’ve had in several years. I can’t describe it but others can. Here is Smithsonian invertebrate zoologist Christopher Mah’s expert view along with another connoisseur’s opinion.
The most excellent Ricky Riccardi is the co-producer and liner note author of the soon-to-be released four CD set Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings. Read all about it here.
John Gray very warmly reviews Francis O’Gorman’s Forgetfulness: Making the Modern Culture of Amnesia. Trying to control culture from a rationalistic perspective is bound to frustrate: the upshot is that cultural marxists have to double down, manifest as even more authoritarian. Their whole project is akin to “pissing in the wind” but we pay a grim price for the eventual cyclical abeyance of this pointless and ill-founded exercise.
Today, disparaging the past is a mark of intellectual respectability
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Whig history meant history written as a story of continuing improvement. Today, it means history written as an exercise in reproach and accusation in which universal human evils are represented as being exclusively the products of Western power.
The end result of a systematic devaluation of the past, however, is a condition of confusion not unlike that experienced by those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
Yet history never does stop or begin anew.
Now the liberal West is in the midst of its own cultural revolution.
Photographer Sanne de Wilde’s The Island of the Colorblind investigates a Pacific atoll where an unusually high percentage of the population has total color blindness. This phenomenon will of course be familiar to those who have read Oliver Sacks’ book and have seen the accompanying documentary.
The very excellent Justin Shubow. I didn’t realize just how intellectually and morally bankrupt, soul-destroying and downright perverse some architects are. The talk gets quite grim towards the end (around 24.30) when the philosophical underpinnings are brought in.
Would someone who owns a copy of this book please invite me to their house to see it: I will bring along the finest archival white gloves. And we can’t do it without Bowie’s favourite wine (Mr. Sukita can tell you which one it is). There is a very slight interview with Masayoshi that is being endlessly recycled by a variety of publications but here is the best profile (at least in English) that I’ve come across. Here is Masayoshi Sukita’s website.
[O]ver eighty percent of the images selected have never been seen or published before.