Good morning. Lots to talk about today so let's jump right into yet another data point supporting the "nothing is good, even stuff that you think is good" hypothesis.
Item 0: follow-up
The Martin's potato roll empire is backing Doug Mastriano, and Philly sandwich slingers are concerned
Just a quick and dispiriting update on my cheeseburger component list: the most popular brand of my bun of choice is fascist. Accordingly, the revised list is as follows:
- Top bun (non-Martin's potato roll or King's Hawaiian burger bun - great minds think alike - very lightly toasted if at all)
- Ketchup & mayo, or “special sauce” - spread on bottom of top bun
- American cheese, melted
- Burger patty (modern fake beef is acceptable here but I prefer a smashed 80/20 ground beef mix, medium rare)
- Bottom bun (see above)
While we're here, I'll also note in response to some vitriolic reader feedback that pickles (and some other toppings, like non-wilted lettuce) are good on cheeseburgers but not part of the perfect cheeseburger.
Item 1: a link
Okay but this is good. Remember back like 50 issues ago when I linked to the thing about how an Internal Combustion Engine works? Bartosz Ciechanowski has continued to post brilliant illustrations of how various things work. His latest, on mechanical watches, is perhaps my favorite so far.
Item 2: a list
Basic tastes, ranked
Item 3: a media recommendation
Item 4: a photograph
Thank you for reading. If you're looking for something to do with your weekend, season 3 of For All Mankind just started on Apple TV+ and there's also a new David Cronenberg movie out that looks quite insane.
See you next week.