"Last night, I made cinnamon rolls. I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon rolls, per se, but this recipe was included in Mario Batali’s sexual misconduct apology letter, and so I feel compelled to make them. Batali is not the first powerful man to request forgiveness for “inappropriate actions” towards his coworkers and employees. He is not the most high profile, and he is ostensibly not even the worst offender. But he is the only one who included a recipe.
And of course, the glaring question is why? Was his PR team drunk? Is life suddenly a really long, depressing SNL sketch? Do these cinnamon rolls somehow destroy the patriarchy? Does the icing advocate for equal pay?
I figure the only way to answer these questions is to make the damn rolls."
-- The Everywhereist. You really should read the whole thing.
"Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury (President Postliterate Bestwords is waiting on either the audio book or for Kellyanne to organize tableaux vivants of the various chapters) is blowing Washington apart today, and the biggest rift is between Trumpism and Bannonism. I’ve written before about the inevitable, tragic dynamic of this brokeback bromance; Trump needs a mindless cheering section screaming hosannas no matter how often he stumbles toward the nuclear and political precipice. Bannon needs an avatar for his Alt-Reich national socialist—oh, sorry, I meant populist—fantasies."
-- Rick Wilson over at The Daily Beast on Bannon's ouster. It's a shame that we are all going to die in a nuclear hellscape because Wilson's work is deft and sly and I wouldn't mind reading more of it. Ah, well.
- I do wonder where #16 got the coconut.
- I, Cthulhu.
- If you are at all into musicals or podcasts or amazing storytelling, you’ve got to give 36 Questions a listen. It is divine and has Jonathan Groff.
- Click on the link for the John Oliver interview. Watch the whole thing for the hysterical laughter at the end.
- Oh, the potato.
- "Beauty regime moved to box at end of chapter, after Nietzsche section."
- If you are able, go watch 15: A Quinceañera Story on HBO.
- I'm honored to have made it into Mason-Dixon Knitting's 2017 round-up! Related: I was sworn in yesterday.
- Word of the year: Borken.
Over on the Another Mother Runner blog, a few words about the end of the year. Spoiler: I haven't done as much running as I'd hope. Or, at least, running in an athletic sense.
"First off, you didn’t choose this life. This life chose you. You’re not here because you want this. You’re here because you need this. You’re here because there’s an itch under your skin that only gets scratched from the 25th day of Kislev to the second day of Tevet and it’s four-twenty-three p.m. on the 25th day of Kislev and you know precisely what the fuck that means. Fives minutes ’til sundown. When we’ll welcome the mistress Chanukah and play dreidel so hard we slide in our own blood."
- Jen Spyra, Ultimate Dreidel Fighting Rules