Bagels, Lox and Me

Mark Bittman in the NYT:

For 50 years, through my childhood, my adolescence, my adulthood, my kids’ births and maturation, there were periodic Sunday mornings spent visiting my parents. And every time, there it was: the holy trinity.

As madeleines were to Proust, bagels and lox are to east coast Jews.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece

Wired goes long on MST3K:

Though MST3K boasted a remarkably talented writing staff, its real stars were the B movies that were riffed apart in each episode. The series would skewer all manner of films, from cheapo action flicks like The Pumaman (1980) to drecky sci-fi-­horror amalgams like Night of the Blood Beast (1958) to creepy kids’ fare like Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996).

Hodgson: Film distributors would do this trick where they’d license you several movies. Half of them might be movies you’d heard of, and half were the movies we actually wanted, the B movies. We didn’t want the cocaine—we wanted the baby laxative they put in the cocaine.

Louis C.K. Is America’s Undisputed King of Comedy

GQ:

When it comes to his own jokes, C.K. is proudest of those for which he must commit with Method-actor rigor to some rhetorical or moral absurdity—and then take his argument several parsecs beyond its “logical” conclusion. He’s always striking through the mask, Louis C.K. It’s not just a matter of braying aloud what the rest of us only dare to think; he says things we aren’t even aware we’re thinking until we hear them from C.K. That’s his genius. 

 

How I Paid My Bitcoin Taxes

Kashmir Hill:

My record-keeping made my accountant’s job much easier, but there were multiple entries as we calculated my gains and losses on each day of spending. Like the day I spent .59 BTC or $56 on mini-cupcakes: Bitcoin was worth $96 that day; I’d bought it at $125, so I took a $17 capital loss. As I bombarded him with numbers (Bitcoin’s value when I bought it, the date I spent it, how much I spent, and the underlying value at the time), he muttered, “The government’s going to kill Bitcoin by taxing it to death.”