How'd I wrangle such a ticket? By doing some illustrations for a PBS documentary: "Living on the Wedge," a look at artisanal cheesemaking in Southern Wisconsin.
Yes, I'm kinda cheese obsessed. But don't throw your Kraft or Bordens plastic packaged junk my way. I'm talkin' the good stuff. The stuff that makes me heppy that my sister lives so close to a Neal's Yard Cheese shop in London. Give me Wigmore or give me death!
(By the way, just started reading Max McCalman's and David Gibbons' "Cheese - A Connoisseur's Guide to the World's Best" yesterday. What a book. Highly recommended.)
Much like the microbrew movement in beer in the 1990s, the artisanal cheese movement of the last few years has finally produced a huge variety of the stuff here in the States that can stand proudly beside their European counterparts. Wisconsin cheeses like Little Wil's Bandaged Cheddar, Hook's blues or the sublime Pleasant Ridge Reserve gruyere are world-class, and they're available in my backyard.
In the meantime, here's some pretty brilliant stuff ganked from my Friends List this morning:
Silly Dance Face, a totally hilarious new site that's a "side project" of jachilli.
And but so...
Bateman365 is now up to day 219, and features The State's "Something Terrible," a track recorded in 1996. The album remains unreleased, and nobody has heard any of the material- until today.
Thanks, scottbateman. You is teh roxxor.