TGI Friday’s, mixology, and women in public life

I thought T.G.I. Friday’s was a big box restaurant whose managers these days send busboys across the street to Publix to buy their own frozen potato skins. But its founder apparently did much to help what Nicola Twilley calls women’s participation in public life. Also, it’s news to me that the Volstead Act cast a… More TGI Friday’s, mixology, and women in public life

‘A compromise is what I can never accept.’

Neil Peart drinks Macallan 12 — with ice. There they are, my feelings for Rush exemplified by anecdotal evidence — the garish note, the lapse into poor taste, bless’em. Yet another example of my generation grabbing what’s left of music journalism jobs is the interviewing of Rush for a Rolling Stone cover story. I wanted… More ‘A compromise is what I can never accept.’

Weighing in

Why as a man of Cuban descent I avoid arroz: The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s. Men, you’re not looking too hot in this scenario… More Weighing in

Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’

Mike Konczal could have written this piece in 2011 but being Cassandra is a drag: Centrists position themselves as anti-ideology, representing a responsible compromise between liberals and conservatives. The word conjures sobriety and restraint, caution and moderation—all of which sound compelling in uncertain economic times. We live in uncertain economic times. When competence and centrism… More Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’