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The Critical Mass

A good week for civility and treason We wrapped up two of this country’s institutions this week, the World Series and an election. The series is the far-more American experience. The San Francisco Giants won with great pitching, which is what always carries the event. In particular, the long-haired, dope-smoking Tim Lincecum, whose propensity for […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 24 This morning’s coffee is an excellent Mexican. First music of the day, a continued obsession with the jazz saxophonist Ben Webster. Other pertinent noise: The dog sprawled on the couch next to me, snoring heavily. I’m smoking salmon this morning, a […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 17 It was such a stunningly beautiful morning that, rather than read The Times first thing, I chose to follow the dog through Turning Point Park for about an hour. It’s an appropriately overgrown area on the west bank of the Genesee […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to Yes, it feels like fall. It is chilly this morning. A few yellow leaves are scattered on the lawn. The coffee is Kenyan, the first music of the day is Bill Evans. 1, How interesting it is that the lead story in The […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Sept. 5 This morning’s coffee is from the island of Java. I’ve loaded the five-CD changer with all John Coltrane. 1, Page One at a glance: Democrats are calculating which of their candidates are hopeless causes in the November election and will abandon […]

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The Critical Mass

I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 11 First music of the day: Canadian jazz pianist Francois Bourassa. It will be a good afternoon on the deck. Chicken quarters are marinating in a local strawberry-balsamic vinegar purchased Saturday at the Rochester Public Market. They’ll be joined by wings, and […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 27 I’m back to reading The Sunday Times for you, after a two-week absence that I’m blaming on barbecue and jazz. This morning, Miles Davis’ Miles in the Sky is drifting out the deck speakers, chicken thigh quarters are marinating in a […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: June 6 Nine days without a blog. Sorry! I’ve been busy. The barbecue team, The Smokin’ Dopes, stunned the Memorial Day competition here with a first-place finish (more on that in a day or two). Bob Dylan’s 69th birthday was noted with a […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: May 23 First music of the day: The Allman Brothers Band’s Eat a Peach, because it was in the CD player from last night. Two big pork shoulders are already in the smoker, to be joined by a rack or two of ribs […]

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The Critical Mass

I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: April 9 I’m planning on smoking ribs slow over mesquite wood this morning, starting at maybe 11 a.m. But as of now, 7 a.m., snow is whirling past the windows and settling on the deck, at the feet of the Adirondack chairs. The […]

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