How Bright is Netflix? (New Substandard)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, tell your friends, leave a review!), we discuss a movie that cost $90 million to make, stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, and never even made it to theaters: Bright.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (New Substandard)

In the latest episode of the Substandard (subscribe, leave a review, tell your friends), we discuss the year’s biggest blockbuster, Star Wars: The Last Jedi (spoilers).

Notes from a Whiskey Competition

Last week I served as a judge for an international whiskey competition, to which friends and colleagues expressed all manner of encouragement. “Lucky you!” said one. “Lucky bastard,” joked another.

Christopher Kimball and the Meaning of Milk Street

Christopher Kimball

Eight years ago I asked Christopher Kimball point-blank if he had any interest in cooking with yuzu, a small citrus fruit popular in Japan that’s become trendy in this country. Kimball, who at the time hosted America’s Test Kitchen and edited Cook’s Illustrated, did not mince words:

“No. I have no interest, zero interest in talking about things our readers are not going to actually do. What’s the point? Unless we give people stuff they really want to use, we wouldn’t be in business.”