Spare Ribs, Hemingway, and Seth Rogen’s Shine

A journey from the oven, through American literature, and into my favorite pot connoisseur’s brain.

We are on baby watch here. My wife could pop at any minute. So what does one prepare for someone in such a state? Lusciously tender spare ribs of course. Check out the article here where I break down the differences between spare ribs and their close cousin, baby back ribs. I dive into everything from preparation to execution. You won’t find a sauce recipe, but kudos to you if you make one from scratch. I used a cold brew coffee infused barbecue sauce that worked wonders on the top half of the rack pictured above. For more, read the article and check out the Bon Vivant publication.


This past week my wife and I watched the Hemingway Documentary that Ken Burns recently launched on PBS. I have always been a fan of his writing, from The Sun Also Rises and For Whom the Bell Tolls, to The Old Man and the Sea (no, I have not read A Farewell to Arms, shoot me). What struck me from the documentary though was not the power of his prose or creative process, but the shortcomings of his person. They were significant.

Hemingway seemed to seek for the next big adventure at all times. As if he had to prove his masculinity by shooting the biggest animals, traversing the most dangerous war torn lands, and seducing any woman he desired. All of this came at the expense of those who loved him. From his four wives to his children.

The downfall of this American literary giant is tragic. The documentary does a great job across three parts illustrating his rises and falls, of which there were many. As with any artist though, I firmly believe their work should stand on its own. If we try to morally police the person behind the art, I’m not sure any art would exist. For all of Hemingway’s flaws, one thing is certain — he changed the literary landscape of the world with his punchy, unvarnished prose.

Seth Rogen’s Shine

A few newsletters back, I featured Seth Rogen’s spat with the infamous Ted Cruz, a member of the GOP that I once thought could be saved. In a few tweets, Rogen showcased why it could not.

Now he’s the feature of a recent New York Times expose that explains everything I love about Seth Rogen. He’s a bit like Peter Pan, never wanting to grow up, but that’s what makes him and his art powerful. Despite the juvenile tendencies, he’s a prolific worker, with an ability to multitask and complete numerous projects at once. Who said stoners cannot be efficient?

From pottery and ceramics to writing and screenplays, he’s a model for anyone aspiring to make it as an artist. His path has been anything but linear, proving that a successful artist must simultaneously be persistent and dedicated as well as creative. And if you can revolutionize the legal weed market on the side, all the more power to you.

Cheers to a good week.

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