Like most of us born in the Seventies, Boots Riley listened to The Cure in middle school. The Coup frontman talks to The Rumpus about his inspiration and life's work. — Whitney Phaneuf
Apparently Turn on the Bright Lights is ten years old? Once you get over the sheer fact of how ancient we all are/the march of time/the inexorability of death, etc., go listen to it; it’s still exactly as wonderful as it was back then. — E.C.
Existential comics-drawing god Anders Nilsen (whom I've written about before) just re-released Don't Go Where I Can't Follow, a book he wrote in memory of his fiancée, Cheryl Weaver, who died after a six-year fight with cancer. It's a book I've tried, to no avail, to track down for a reasonable price on eBay for years. I don't expect to get through it with dry eyes. (For some reason, Amazon is already sold out, so do everyone a favor and see if your local comics shop has it in stock.) — L.T
As far as I’m concerned, winter is poetry season, and for me at least, that’s mostly meant Adrienne Rich of late. Here's one of my favorites. — E.C.
You know what also goes great with winter, and with poetry? ALCOHOL. (Just kidding, alcohol goes with everything.) The Sazerac is sort of the ultimate winter drink — substantial (and substantially alcoholic), but still simple enough that you can make it with stuff you have lying around the house (ie, without changing out of your pajamas). I like to winterify mine with maple syrup; because I like you guys SO MUCH, here’s my heretofore-secret recipe:
Three ounces rye
3/4 ounce maple syrup (or more if you want it sweeter)
Four or so dashes of bitters (I like a mix of Angostura and Peychaud’s but I realize this makes me a giant asshole. Use whatever you have.)
Stir and serve in a chilled rocks glass with a lemon twist. (If you’re feeling particularly ambitious and/or traditional, you can rinse the glass with absinthe, Herbsaint, or Sambuca first; you don’t have to do this, but it really does make it taste better.) — E.C.
I loathe Christmas music, but not even I could resist this video of DMX singing "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" (recorded on Power 105.1 FM radio in New York) and set to the 1964 stop-motion animation TV special by the same name. — W.P.
I recently stumbled on this short film, The Politics of Board Gaming Amongst Friends, which is adorable and infinitely relatable if you're as much of a board game geek (and as ruthlessly competitive) as me. (Fellow "Catanophiles:" Put that robber on my spot without good reason, and I'll cut you. #kiddingnotkidding). NSFW if a handful of cheerily-delivered F-bombs aren't acceptable at your workplace. — Luke Tsai
Two different friends had birthdays this past week and let's face it — having a birthday right before the holidays sucks, so to brighten their spirits, I made Rice Krispies Treats. I experimented with the recipe and added peppermint dark chocolate and toasted coconut. It's like biting into Christmas on a tropical island in the mountains roasting s'mores. Enjoy:
Melt three tablespoons butter on low heat
Add one (ten-ounce) bag of marshmallows
Add half a bar of peppermint dark chocolate
Add six cups Rice Krispies and mix
Add remainder of peppermint dark chocolate bar, chopped into tiny pieces
Add a cup of coconut
Mix and form into squares into a butter-coated pan
Sprinkle coconut on top
Put under the broiler for two minutes, just long enough to toast the coconut