Good morning, gerbils. It’s back to the wheel with you on this oh-so-glorious Monday. Here’s some reading material to get you back into the swing of things.
1. Let’s Make a Deal
Obviously the big story of the weekend was the historic nuclear deal with Iran that took place in Geneva. Here’s how it all went down and here’s what you need to know going forward.
2. Youth Gone Mild
This one line says it all: “Needham, a dark-haired, square-jawed young man, dressed in a sensibly checkered button-down shirt and pleated khaki pants…” Pleated khaki pants. This is why I’ll never understand conservatives.
3. Loony Tunes
Hopefully you caught Sarah Silverman’s new HBO special over the weekend as it was predictably terrific. Here she is talking about her favorite music.
4. The F-Word
I’m lucky: my girlfriend is an unbelievably talented chef. I’m not saying she’s a good cook, as in she can whip up an awesome spaghetti carbonara or something. I’m saying her skills in the kitchen, what she knows about food and ingredients, her palate, the sheer brilliance she displays in coming up with truly creative dishes on a regular basis, all of it puts her head-and-shoulders above most restaurant chefs and certainly anyone I’ve ever known. It’s because of this that we cook in a lot and try to eat out whenever possible; we watch food shows like Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Iron Chef and Esquire’s new L.A.-based show Knife Fight; we revel in all things food, as much as we can on a budget. We’re about as into good food as any two people can be — and yet I still don’t think we’ve ever used the word “foodie” in reference to ourselves and our eating habits. It’s just, you know, eating.
5. DIY Death
A wise starship captain once said that how we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life. And while there’s something slightly off-putting about a DIY funeral cottage industry that seems to be springing up around the country, when the time comes you do whatever’s necessary to get through the trauma of a loved one dying. Although, yeah, the idea that this kind of thing is popular with Boomers — who as with everything else throughout their lives insist that their deaths be somehow special — is good for more than a few eye-rolls.
6. Your Porn Is Lying To You
Let’s take another trip down the productivity-killing Cracked wormhole, shall we?
Have a nice day, folks.
Chez Pazienza was the beating heart of The Daily Banter, sadly passing away on February 25, 2017. His voice remains ever present at the Banter, and his influence as powerful as ever.