The Wednesday Curator – 4/29/15

April 29, 2015

The Virtual Candidate by Ryan Lizza will appear in the May 4 issue of the New Yorker, later this week. Its subtitle is “Elizabeth Warren isn’t running, but she’s Hillary Clinton’s biggest Democratic threat.” Senator Warren (D-Mass.) is a former Harvard Law professor and bankruptcy specialist, and a rock star for progressives. She’s adamant about not being a candidate in 2016. I take her at her word, but also think efforts to push the likely candidate for Democrats leftward will only benefit that candidate. So, go Senator Warren! (Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will begin his campaign for the Democratic Party nomination on Thursday. Senator Sanders is a 73-year-old Jewish Socialist, who would be 75 if he was inaugurated on January 20, 2017. He’s an improbable candidate, but he can be Mr. Outside to Senator Warren’s Ms. Inside, in the push to the left.)

And speaking of presidents and such, sort of, I just read The Best Years of Our Lives, Gore Vidal’s September 1983 review of Make-Believe: The Story of Nancy and Ronald Reagan, written for the New York Review of Books. Mr. Vidal was one terrific writer, really, and he has lots of fun with the subjects of the book he reviewed. [Note to Reagan worshippers: Benign neglect with respect to the Vidal review might serve your interests well.]

From The Atlantic on April 28, here’s Why the NFL Decided to Start Paying Taxes by Joe Pinsker. Short answer? To shut up its critics. Longer answer? To shut up its critics.

Tyson to End Use of Human Antibiotics in Its Chickens by 2017 by Stephanie Strom for the New York Times on April 28 is a big deal story. Drug-resistant bacteria are killing tens of thousands of people around the world, and using antibiotics improperly has caused this problem. Scientists will come up with improvements, for sure, but it’ll matter greatly that we’re starting to stop the “bleeding” by eliminating one significant form of misuse.

Now Open: Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar, written by Sarah Ritchie on April 1 for Tucson Foodie reports on a new bar/restaurant on 4th Ave. in Tucson. It’s worth your time!

Finally, I’ll be traveling to Illinois/Wisconsin soon for my daughter’s graduation. Going and coming, I’ll be passing through New Mexico, and I plan to cross The Owl Cafe & Bar in San Antonio off my bucket list, most likely on the way home. (I could die from eating one of these things, and I do think I should not have my passing interfere with the graduation.)

Here’s a picture of the Owl Bar green chile cheeseburger. The pic is courtesy of, while the information comes from Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog, where you can “Follow the Culinary Ruminations of New Mexico’s Sesquipedalian Sybarite,” with 861 restaurant reviews.


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