Welcome back to Wolmania for another year of me scrambling to pull together something that technically satisfies the definition of a newsletter. I hope you are having a better start to the year than Kevin McCarthy and the Grand Old Party.
Item 1: a link
Common sense for restaurant success is actually the opposite of everything the Cheesecake Factory does.
I enjoyed this look back at the history, and lasting appeal of, the Cheesecake Factory. I found a lot of fun surprises in the original 1978 menu from their first outpost in Beverly Hills, which boasts a fun design and a fascinating approach to hamburgers.
Personally I like their cheesecake on a to-go basis, but haven't eaten at a CF since something like 1997.
Item 2: a list
John Cazale films, ranked
- The Godfather
- The Godfather Part II
- The Conversation
- The Deer Hunter
- Dog Day Afternoon
- The Godfather Part III (archival footage)
Item 3: a media recommendation
Have I already recommended the Everything is Alive podcast? I can't remember and won't be checking. But in any case, this is a simple concept - each episode is an interview with a sentient inanimate object. It's mostly funny but occasionally not funny and at all times is thought-provoking. I like to queue it up for long drives.
Item 4: word of the week
Item 5: a photograph
Thanks for reading - I will see you next week.