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This program is part of our Food Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.
Founded in 2006 by former New York Times food contributor Ed Levine, food blog Serious Eats has combined storytelling and culinary expertise to become one of the most acclaimed food sites in the world. The site provides in-depth recipes and reviews of food products and kitchen equipment carefully tested by culinary professionals in order to provide thorough and trustworthy reviews for its readers.
Levine’s forthcoming book, Serious Eater: A Food Lover’s Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption, recounts his challenging journey to create a successful online food publication. Levine bought the domain name Serious Eats for $100 and created the blog as a space to connect other like-minded eaters. Over the course of 10 years and with the help of a dedicated team and a supportive family, Levine has made Serious Eats into an established website with a large following. In addition to Serious Eater, Levine is also the author of New York Eats, New York Eats (More), and Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. He also hosts “Special Sauce,” a weekly podcast covering food in conversation with various prominent figures within the culinary landscape and beyond.
Join Levine live at INFORUM as he reflects on his transformation from food writer to entrepreneur. This conversation will be moderated by Chef J. Kenji López-Alt, chief culinary adviser for Serious Eater and author of the James Beard Award–nominated column “The Food Lab.”
Levine photo by Robyn Lee
López-Alt photo © Vicky Wasik
** This Podcast Contains Explicit Language **
Douglas Preston on the young paleontologist who may have discovered a record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth.
As 1968 began, Van Morrison was at his lowest ebb - penniless, facing deportation, and living under the threat of Mob violence in New York city. As 1968 ended, Van Morrison transformed the sound of his music with the album ‘Astral Weeks’. (2018).
Joshua Rothman writes about how a trivial problem reveals the limits of technology.
"Adapting to Sea Level Rise: The Science of New York 2140": Legendary science ficiton author Kim Stanley Robinson returns to The Interval to discuss his just released novel New York 2140. Robinson will discuss how starting from the most up to date climate science available to him, he derived a portrait of New York City as "super-Venice" and the resilient civilization that inhabits it in his novel. In 02016 Robinson spoke at The Interval about the economic ideas that inform New York 2140. He will be joined by futurist Peter Schwartz in conversation after his talk.
On the afternoon of May 6, 1937, New Yorkers looked overhead at an astonishing sight — the arrival of the Hindenburg, the largest airship in the world, drifting calmly across the sky.
New York City was already in the throes of "Zeppelin mania" by then. These rigid gas-filled airships, largely manufactured by Germany, were experiencing a Jazz Age rediscovery thanks in part to the Graf Zeppelin, a glamorous commercial airship which first crossed the ocean in 1928. Its commander and crew even received two ticker-tape parades through lower Manhattan.
In size and prominence, the Hindenburg would prove to be the greatest airship of all. It was the Concorde of its day, providing luxurious transatlantic travel for the rich and famous. In Germany, the airship was used as a literal propaganda machine for the rising Nazi government of Adolf Hitler.
But dreams of Zeppelin-filled skies were quickly vanquished in the early evening hours of May 6, 1937, over a landing field in Lakehurst, New Jersey. Its destruction would be one of the most widely seen disasters in the world, marking an end to this particular vision of the future.
But a mark of the Zeppelin age still exists on the New York City skyline, atop the city’s most famous building!
Over the last ten years, food has become a national obsession. Across the US, more restaurants are opening, and in the most unexpected of places. Last year, 82 New York City restaurants closed, according to the state’s restaurant association. With such high competition, you have to wonder if the gamble is worth it. Many chefs are eager to trade in NYC buzz and for a restaurant of their own in a city where competition is lower and appreciation is higher. With so many chefs leaving NYC, we have to wonder: Is NYC still the epicenter of it all and how is recognition and buzz shifting? From NYC restaurateur powerhouses, to mom and pop shop owners, we will discuss the restaurant landscape.
Philip Glass revisits his parallel lives in 1970s New York - driving a taxicab through threatening twilight streets while emerging as a composer in Manhattan’s downtown arts scene.
The Philip Glass Ensemble formed in 1968 and performed in lofts, museums, art galleries and, eventually, concert halls. Two of Glass’s early pieces - the long form Music In Twelve Parts and the opera Einstein on the Beach - secured his reputation as a leading voice in new music.
But America’s soon-to-be most successful contemporary composer continued to earn a living by driving a taxi until he was 42.
"I would show up around 3pm to get a car and hopefully be out driving by 4. I wanted to get back to the garage by 1 or 2am before the bars closed, as that wasn’t a good time to be driving. I’d come home and write music until 6 in the morning."
Glass’s new musical language - consisting of driving rhythms, gradually evolving repetitive patterns and amplified voice, organs and saxophones - reflected the urgency of the city surrounding him. New York, on the brink of financial collapse, was crime-ridden and perilous. Driving a cab offered more than a window on this gritty, late night world. Almost every other month, according to Glass, a driver colleague was murdered. Glass escaped altercations with gangs and robbers in his cab.
One of the most successful films at the time was Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver starring Robert DeNiro. Glass couldn’t bring himself to watch it until years later. He says, "I was a taxi driver. On my night off, I was not going to go watch a movie called Taxi Driver."
New Yorkers are known to disagree about a lot of things. Who’s got the best pizza? What’s the fastest subway route? Yankees or Mets? But all 8.5 million New Yorkers are likely to agree on one thing: Penn Station sucks.
There is nothing joyful about Penn Station. It is windowless, airless, and crowded. 650,000 people suffer through Penn Station on a their daily commute—more traffic than all of three the New York area’s major airport hubs combined.
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