Author Archives: Paleo Retiree

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff, formerly Michael Blowhard. Now a rootless parasite on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.

Summer Drinks 1: Cold-brewed Coffee

Paleo Retiree writes: Cold-brewed coffee — often referred to by fans, stores and baristas simply as “cold brew” — seems to be everywhere these days. It’s certainly gaining rapidly in popularity. It’s featured at most upscale coffee bars and cafes, at least … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: Steve Sailer wonders what’s become of the world of college debating competitions. Why does hula-hoopin’ YouTube sweetheart Katie Sunshine feel she has to perform in Haiti?  An oral history of “Deliverance,” book and movie. A lot of fat kids today … Continue reading

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Architecture Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: A spectacularly cushiony and lacy column capital from the 1899 Bayard-Condict Building, the only project that the legendary Chicago School architect Louis Sullivan ever built in New York City: Could that mofo draw or what? Intense training in drawing used … Continue reading

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Paleo Retiree writes: “Camp of the Saints” du jour. If whites are so awful, why are so many Africans so eager to live in white societies? Is the U.S. soon going to join the Third World? Should Greece leave the EU … Continue reading

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Taste Thrill Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: After lunch in Chinatown at this good place, Blowhard Esq. and I couldn’t resist sampling a specialty flavor at The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factor nearby: Durian ice cream! “Is it really popular?” I asked the woman behind the … Continue reading

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“The Black Swan”

Paleo Retiree writes: I was amazed how uninspiring I found this 2010 ballet-world-set psychological horror film. Natalie Portman plays a super-perfectionist, frigid (but yearning for release) ballerina who’s given the lead in a new version of “Swan Lake.” The movie … Continue reading

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Trendy Slang Du Jour

Paleo Retiree writes: Spotted recently at a NYC construction site: I’m surprised they weren’t able to find room for “artisanal” and “bespoke.”

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