In a tizzy over here at the blog, preparing for our gentleman caller. For the dinner menu, the Happy Booker has called in a solid from Tante Pearl in Brooklyn, who assures the brisket will be as tender, juicy and as full of flavor as hers (the secret is in the mixture of red wine and orange juice—sssh! don’t let her know I told you!), plus a kugel, fresh hamentashen, and a healthy splash of The Manny—in the square bottle, we’re going old school here! Why all the fuss? Because we’re entertaining a Northern New Jersey boy who knows from Jewish Soul food. And we’re thrilled that you’ll be joining us—you’re hungry, right? What’s your hurry? Surely you have time to stay for a little nosh. Don’t just sit there, pass the tzimmins and dig in! And remember to tune in tomorrow for complete post by the author of The Grandmother’s Club (oops! I just let the cat out of the bag, didn’t I?)
The Curious Incident of the Shirt and the NBCCA Gathering (part ll)
The Happy Booker is now in possession of a photo of Rick Perlstein wearing the infamous Scott McLemee t-shirt. Click on picture to view larger image. (As my Tante Pearl would say: “Such a sweet, fresh-faced boychik! So, what’s with all the Nixon and Goldwater stuff?)
McLemee, whose likeness has been immortalized on pre-shrunk cotton, was not in attendance at the NBCC event, though was there last year, when he was awarded a citation for excellence in reviewing. (Read his acceptance speech here. )
Eager readers who have already worked their way through recent NBCC award winners Gilead and Diarmaid MacCulloch’s The Reformation: A History, and find they still hunger for a shot of that old time religion, it’s all right here, courtesy of the internet, Legos, and a little something we like to call creative genius. Book version available here.