Alas, the New York Times Magazine has ended Who Made That with the launch of new features under a new editor, but it will live on here forever! In case you missed them, here are a few more of my columns: Ziploc bags, the Twitter bird logo, blue jeans, the cocktail shaker, and (last but never least, in print as in life) maraschino cherries.
It’s not available online yet, but if you like Laurie Colwin–or like me, feel that you might not have been able to grow up without her–please check out my latest Bookforum column in print. It covers her wonderful, often overlooked novels, as well as her food writing and is something I’ve been wanting to write for years.
Behold–a very short history of the reusable ice pack. But it might be long enough to cool you off just a little bit. Find out who made it and marvel at the NYT Magazine art department’s mesmerizing accompanying image.
I’m now writing the New York Times Magazine‘s design/innovation column, Who Made That! Just in time for summer fun, I took on the origins and pleasures of the Slip N’ Slide. Click here for instant refreshment.I alternate weeks with the smart, funny Dashka Slater, so be sure to check out her columns, too.
There is a wonderful book called Fictitious Dishes, which recreates meals from beloved books in photographic form. I wrote about it in my latest Bookforum column and still have it on my mind.
On Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s Lakeside Center in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Ice skating in the winter, roller skating and a water park in the summer–all complete with restored Olmsted & Vaux landscaping. Hard to beat.
I’m a little late posting this one, but if you are a lover of automats, turn of the century New York, or food history, you might like it. It’s in Bookforum (where there are many, many other great things to read, too).
Candy. Bookforum. My dream assignment. That’s all I’m going to say.
Do you like bao? Or Emerson? Or basketball? Or hip hop? Or lions? Find them all, and even more I can’t possibly begin to describe in my new Bookforum column on chef Eddie Huang and his memoir, Fresh Off the Boat. If nothing else you’re going to find yourself very, very hungry. But he’s pretty hilarious company, too.
Okay, yes, it’s about fruitcake. But really it’s about sending people food as a holiday gift and why you should (in my opinion) do it. Also, I threw in some Greek mythology to distract you from the fruitcake. Click here.
Go out and get Margaret Talbot’s truly fantastic new book about her actor father Lyle and his journey through the byways and bright lights of American entertainment from carnival sideshows to Hollywood, Ed Wood, and Ozzie and Harriet. If you need more convincing than that, read my review in the hot-off-the-internet-presses new Slate Book Review.