Contemplating Insomnia After Reading Rudyard Kipling
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Empty Head: The Downside
The Wallflower 360, a premium received with Gerard Armbruster's workhorse handheld audio recorder, was introduced in the Extruding America episode entitled Preparation for a Journalistically Superior Report, and was described as "a recording device so sensitive it can even record your thoughts and dreams." It promised the ability to "constantly record your entire life." It was discarded on a scrapheap but is apparently still in operation, as evidenced here. - Editor*
*Note - The possibility of a listening device with the power of the Wallflower 360 was being investigated as early as 1949 and outlined in scientific literature (see AUDITORY NATURE IN MOLECULAR STRUCTURES by Folger Edelstein, Yuma University Press 1949) and in extrapolative classical works (e.g. THE BED CHAMBER DREAMS OF TIN TIN LIU by the 13th century Chinese poet Ben Joe).…
Gerard is hungry and sees something out of the corner of his eye.…
Extruding America 35: Marine Park, October 30th, 2009; Report or Poem or Not?
Extruding America 34: An Open Letter to the World from Battersea, Washington
Extruding America 33: Gerard in the New Economy
Bonus Track: Lentil Masti Dance Mix
Extruding America 32: The Story of a Lifetime
Preparation for a Journalistically Superior Report
Extruding America 31: Seize the Moment and Skip It Across the Pond
(Illustration: Alfanhui, flickr)
Extruding America 30: Self-Realization
Extruding America 29: 1000 Nights and a Night and an Early Evening, minus everything except the Early Evening
While this may not be an example of journalism or even editorialization, if you're listening to this on a podcatcher or computer equipped with speakers, it is affordable.
(dedicated to Paul Yamazaki.)
Extruding America 28: Filing a Report
Extruding America 27: Unhinged?
Extruding America 26: Old Dog, Old Dog - Subtitle: The Pit of Hell
Extruding America 25: Peeling Back the Layers to get at the Truth and The 87 Club Volume Two
The 87 Club Volume Two Roster:
A Dark Nightâ€™s Passing by Naoya Shiga
A Desire to Learn by Eric Moon
Soviet but not Russian by William M. Mandel
The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
The Soil by Nagatsuka Takashi (translated and with an introduction by Ann Waswo)
Extruding America 24: Climb Aboard
(Illustration: Tom Sanislo, for the Washington State Dept. of Transportation)
Extruding America 23: The 87 Club
The 87 Club Roster:
The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
Hitler's Army by Omer Bartov
Best Russian Short Stories edited by Thomas Setzer (The District Doctor by Ivan Turgenev)
Mountain of Fame by John E. Wills, Jr.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Extruding America 22: For the Birds
Extruding America 21: Who is the Fourth W
Extruding America 20: A Brief Vacation
Extruding America 19: Independence
Extruding America 18: The Wallingford Chronicles Part Three: Apotheosis
Extruding America 17: The Wallingford Chronicles Part Two
Extruding America 16: The Wallingford Chronicles Part One
Extruding America 15: Tabak Borek
A Hell of a Town
Extruding America 14: Technical Difficulties
Ragu alla napoletana
While the ragu from Bologna has meat and barely any tomato, this version from Naples is tomato sauce flavored with only a little meat. Most Neapolitans cook the meat in the sauce, remove it, and serve it after the pasta. But if you want the meat in the sauce, you can start with chopped meat, or you can chop the meat after it has been cooked and return it to the sauce as many Italian Americans do. Neapolitans usually serve this sauce over ziti, but you can also use rigatoni or fusilli.
1/3 cup olive oil
1Â½ pounds beef brisket or chuck, in one piece
Â½ pound boneless veal shoulder, in one piece
Â½ pound boneless pork shoulder, in one piece
1 yellow onion, chopped
Â½ cup dry red wine
2 cans (28 ounces each) plum tomatoes with juice, chopped or pulsed in a food processor (Stetson note: San Marzano tomatoes)
Pinch of chile pepper flakes (optional)
Meat stock, if needed
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound dried ziti, cooked
Grated pecorino cheese
In a large Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add all the meats and sprinkle with salt. When the meats have given up their juices, after about 15 minutes, add the onion and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meats are browned and the onion is golden. This might take as long as 15 minutes.
Add the wine and cook until it is absorbed into the meats, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and the chile pepper flakes (if using) and stir well. Cover partially and simmer, stirring often, for 2Â½ hours. Check from time to time to see if more liquid is needed, adding stock or water if necessary to prevent scorching. At this point, the sauce should be thick and the juices should coat a spoon.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the meat and reserve for another dish, or chop it and return it to the sauce. Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Toss the sauce with the pasta and serve. Pass the cheese at the table.
WINE: Stay local with an Aglianico from Campania. Look for Taurasi from Mastroberardino or Feudi San Gregorio.
From Italian Slow and Savory by Joyce Goldstein
Extruding America 13: Gustation
Extruding America 12: Bifurcation
Extruding America 11: Pop Quiz
Extruding America 10: Imagination
Extruding America 9: Shirley's List
The List of Fifteen
11. North Carolina
13. South Carolina
The above list is certified factual and true. Click here for further information.
Extruding America 8: Mayhem
Extruding America 7: Betrayal and Slaughter
Bonus Track: Ma Po Dance Fu (Robert "Bob" Robertson Mix)
Extruding America 6: Forbidden Fruit
(bar snack loved by the Chapman boys; not necessarily for everyone)
3 bite-size pieces of pickled pig's feet (Hormel or Faraon)
Hot sauce (Tabasco, Trappey's, Crystal, Cholula, Tapatio, El Pato, etc.)
One large glass of ice cold lager (Budweiser, Miller, Rainier, Pabst Blue Ribbon, etc.)
Napkins, towel, or Wetnaps
Fill 6 oz. glass or other small container with 3 bite-size pieces of pickled pig's feet. If you have to cut them be careful; there may be bones.
Apply liberal dash of hot sauce (see above).
Put entire piece in mouth.
Spit out any bones.
Take a large gulp of beer (see above).
Great on a hot day.
Extruding America 5: Superstition
Extruding America 4: Memory
Extruding America 3: A Very Extruded Christmas
Ma Po Dofu for All!
MA PO DOFU
3 tablespoons peanut oil
1/4 pound ground pork
1 tablespoon peeled and grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon chopped garlic or to taste
3 teaspoons hot bean sauce (or chili garlic sauce)
3 teaspoons black bean sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 cup water
1 pound fresh soft bean curd (or medium or firm) cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup chopped scallions, including half of the green tops
Salt and ground Szechwan pepper to taste
(IMPORTANT NOTE: the Szechwan pepper tree, in China, has, in recent years, been infected with a canker of some kind, and the ban on importation of this beautiful spice has only recently been lifted. As a result, do NOT roast the pepper, as is required in many recipes (because the pepper now has to be heat-treated before it leaves China.). It can be added (and should be finely ground) to recipes, but usually near the end, or, at the very least, unroasted.)
In wok over high heat, heat the oil. When hot, add meat, stir fry until lightly brown (2 minutes).
Add ginger, garlic, hot bean sauce and black bean sauce to taste.
Add rice wine and stir fry for 20 seconds.
Pour in stock, bring to boil. Simmer, stirring frequently 3 to 4 minutes to blend flavors.
Add cornstarch and cook, stirring slowly until thickened (about a minute.)
Fold in bean curd and green onions.
Heat gently, seasoning with salt.
Transfer to warm bowl, season generously with Szechwan pepper and serve immediately.
Extruding America 2: Isolation
Extruding America 1: Introductions
Outside Looking In by Gerard Armbruster
But that's neither here nor there.
What is germane is that I sought out and found, in the city of Artesia, southern California's Little India, a neighborhood cinema that showed only movies of Bollywood. Finding my seat, I experienced the dimming of the lights with a somewhat skeptical outsider's perspective, and began to make the acquaintance of the heroes on the screen: the Big B himself, Amitabh Bachchan, the suave rogue and trickster Shahrukh Khan, the boyishly earnest Hrithik Roshan. Caught up in the heady and somewhat arrogant rush of the cultural explorer, I unwrapped a tinfoil packet I had purchased at the snack bar, and found an intensely green leaf folded into a triangle, stuffed with sweet spices and seeds labeled "mitha paan: Fresh!" Imagine my surprise when, in the very act of sampling the exotic treat, I witnessed Shahrukh Khan on the screen, pop one of the very same delicacies into his mouth and start acting goofy, dancing with wild abandon, rolling his eyes, winking knowingly as he addictively consumed the little green triangles, his gyrations becoming absolutely manic and hysterical. I froze and stared at the treat in my own hand. Had my tongue suddenly become numb and tingling at the same time? Were the colors of the saris on the screen just a little brighter and more intriguing? Had everything in my immediate vicinity just become far more profound or at least hilarious than it had been just moments before?
With a gasp, I fled the theater in horror, images flooding my mind of myself as a lone dope-crazed dancer, running wild down the aisle, prancing and cavorting in front of the screen, to the complete cultural and personal embarrassment of all involved, being asked politely by the management to leave, possibly leading to my arrest and subsequent vilification in the press, and blacklisting by the podcasting community.
As I dried my tears in the alley behind the theater, and tried to steady the spinning world, a profound depression settled upon my reeling frontal lobes, which pervades still. Seduced by the illusion I could remain an impartial outsider, I am now trapped by the span of my lifetime. Shahrukh or Amitabh will never lay a hand on my shoulder and call me brother. I will stare at them across a cultural divide as wide as the world and as deep as the bottom of our souls, and wish that I could stand with them on the other side, in that colorful, vibrant land of adventure, music and life.
My Town's Name by Stetson Tudd
Mission Statement by Gerard Armbruster
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