Things that have happened recently:
My friend Trent was interviewed by thekitchn.com about his quest to cook every Ina Garten recipe. You can follow along with his journey (he’s halfway through nearly 1,200 recipes!) on Instagram—come for the mouthwatering food photos, stay for the hilarious photoshopped photos.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and his friends have purchased the Drama Book shop to save it from shuttering. I wish I could purchase all the classic businesses that need saving, and New York needs more Lin-Manuel Mirandas.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a higher tax on high earners to fund the Green New Deal, which means that "Once you get to the tippie-tops, on your $10 millionth dollar, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60% or 70%. That doesn't mean all $10 million dollars are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more," Ocasio-Cortez said. Here’s why that would totally work (and despite what our current garbage administration would like you to believe, climate change is an actual threat to all of us).
Things to do in New York this week:
Today is the first day of Jerry Seinfeld’s residency at the Beacon Theater, which I would love to see—if tickets weren’t INSANELY expensive.
Celebrate Alexander Hamilton’s birthday (he was born today, 262 years ago) by taking a tour of his house, located in (appropriately) Hamilton Heights.
Things I have discovered recently:
I can’t stop thinking about this incredible article about the “burnout” phenomenon. She focuses on its effect on millennials, but I would argue that anyone living and working in today’s “hustle” culture is equally affected.
I just started watching Good Girls—starring my fantasy wife, Mae Whitman and my new fantasy best friend, Retta—and it’s so good! Season One is currently streaming on Netflix.
It’s supposed to be pretty cold here this weekend, so I’ve been making mostly indoor plans including diner breakfast (of course), a movie and maybe a trip to the Transit Museum—I just became a member and it’s been a while since my last visit. It probably wasn’t wise to begin my cemetery project in the middle of winter, but maybe I’ll find the energy to visit a few new ones this weekend. Otherwise, I’m in full hibernation mode, mentally. Ever since I bought myself a new vacuum on cyber Monday because I’m actually 80 years old, I’ve been happy to spend my weekends cleaning my tiny apartment and snuggling with Mozart (on her terms, of course). Have a great weekend and stay warm if you’re in the northeast!