Springtime is here, whatchu gonna do?
Hello fellow campers! It’s 63 degrees but feels warmer and I’m just back from lunch with these dudes. After talking shit and scheming about various, including the Paloma Media cocktail party that is totally taking place in April, we walked back from the restaurant on Orchard Street and fell into conversation with a man putting money into a parking meter. Here he is.
Global International has some sweet ties - the above guy’s father immigrated from Romania* in 1945, started making ties, wound up with nine clothing stores in NYC. While I didn’t get his name — he handed cards to only Matt and Michael, as one does — we did learn he has nine children and 48 grandchildren and also, for the cocktail party, which will be semi-formal, we will be going back to get Matt some duds, maybe the Isley Brothers-style jacket with the silver-and-black feathered inlays.
*not Hungary, as I‘d originally had it! (Thanks for the fix, editor Welch!)
So it’s been a year since we all honeycombed away I cannot be more delighted to no longer be.
Every podcast/article/conversation this week has included two topics: one, encouraging people to let go of Covid-mentality and start communing again, and two, how do we do a better job re: cancel culture? As to the former, I am now mask-less unless it’s in a small space and for other people’s comfort. As for two, I don’t want to be cancelling or directly trying to box out the cancellers, I want to make and partake of new beauty and distract/attract people with pie, lots of delicious pie.
There’s been some interesting new networking this week, including joining a Friday panel with the Rubin Report. Talk about differing politics! But so civil, which is the point, right? Right?
Last night was the weekly Clubhouse, this week Lizzy Wolfe and I were joined by Katie Herzog (go subscribe to her and Jesse Singal’s Blocked and Reported podcast, then come back and tell me, effusively, how happy you are that you did). These conversations are becoming really interesting. I have a few Clubhouse invitations so hit me up if you want one (you need an iPhone, and I need your phone number to get it to you). Please consider joining us at 5pm EST on Mondays. Last night’s conversation was so potent, it’s given me a bunch of ideas for future convos.
Family stuff has kept me a little nutty, but I do have some recommendations - and a request. First rec: the podcast, The David Chang Show, where Chang (chef and founder of Momofuku chain and host of the really really great TV series Ugly Delicious) completely shoots the shit with two other dudes, mostly about food. In this week’s episode, they rate stuff you can put in the freezer and that still tastes awesome, and they do it as though they’re building the five positions on the bball court, who’s your center (pizza? tamale?), who’s your point guard. They’re ridiculous and smart and you learn a lot about food.
Also, what you might steal from them, which I am, and will ask here on the regular: What’s the best thing you ate this week? Stick it in the comments.
Another recommendation, this one from Moynihan: My Friend Anna, which I have a feeling I will inhale tonight. Hoaxers; they never get old.
I leave you with another semi-regular feature, What Tafv Sent. Hopefully we never see such signs again!
With love and, in honor of the spring weather, a nice tart lemon square, which I would totally include in the baking packages going out to premium subscribers this week but, alas, they’d melt. Now go outside!