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June 27, 2008

Hell's Kitchen

Let me be the first to say that I'm not a big fan of reality shows or cooking. However Hell's Kitchen on Fox is something I'm drawn to like a moth to a flame. It is perhaps the best hour on television (I realize this is not saying much due to diminished expectations but still). It succeeds due to the sheer presence and volatile personality of Chef Gordon Ramsay. Think of him as a Morton Downy Jr. who can cook. This season 15 contestants vied for the opportunity to be executive chef at Ramsay's LA restaurant. It is now down to the final two. Ramsay often berates, humiliates, and physically moves would be chefs from place to place. And while it is up to the two teams to offer up one of their own for elimination, make no mistake about it - Ramsay is in charge. There are no text messaging or numbers to dial for your favorite chef. No, none of that bullshit. Ramsay has even decided to eliminate people not even offered up for elimination. And while he surely plays to the camera, he doesn't suffer fools and demands excellence. Now that's refreshing.

June 29, 2008

Sing Me Back Home (Love, Death, and Country Music)

Dana Jennings, a New York Times editor, has written a brilliant memoir filtered through the prism of country music called Sing Me Back Home. If you read only one book about country music, let it be this one. If you are a fan of superb writing, this book's for you. If you like your beer cold, your dance floor hot, your women hotter - this book's for you. If you like traditional country music (not the neo-traditional bullshit that passes for country music), then this book is especially for you. Jennings evokes the ghosts of Porter Wagoner, Webb Pierce, Flatt and Scruggs, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and many more lost legends of country music to help us understand his family history. And don't be surprised if Jennings highly disfunctional family resembles yours. This yankee from New Hampshire goes out of his way to let us know that he shares more with a plowboy from Tennessee than you might think. But don't worry brother, you're preachin' to the choir. The classic country music of 1950-1970 did indeed cut a wide swath.

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