New York Auto Show 2014

Rolls Royce Wraith

I was going through a folder of photos I’d transferred from my camera and found some photos from 2014 that I never got around to posting. These photos are from my visit to the 2014 New York Auto Show which was held at the Jacob Javits Center. The 2015 car show starts next week but I don’t think I’ll be able to attend.


The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

The Jinx

The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a six-part HBO documentary about the life of Robert Durst, a member of a wealthy New York City real estate dynasty. Durst was suspected by many of being responsible for the 1982 disappearance of Kathleen Durst, his first wife. He was later suspected of murdering his close friend Susan Berman in 2000 and was tried and found not guilt in the 2001 murder of his neighbor Morris Black. The documentary revisits these three cases and includes commentary from Durst along with friends and family members of the victims, investigators, and lawyers.

The reenactments and a few other aspects of the documentary were a bit tacky but I thought it was very engrossing overall. I highly recommend The Jinx if you’re interested in true crime, the justice system, or psychology.


Whole Wheat Festival

Whole Wheat Festival

Festival is a Jamaican sweet fried dumpling that is usually served with fish or jerk chicken. It’s pretty similar to bake, another kind of West Indian fried dumpling but bake is savory and typically circular in shape. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, escovitch fish with festival was one of my favorite afterschool snacks.

A few weeks ago I made escovitch fish for the first time and it came out really good. While I enjoyed having it for dinner, it gave me a strong craving for festival so I decided to make some.


Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets chronicles the year David Simon spent shadowing a shift of the Baltimore Police Department’s homicide unit. Covering 1988, the book was written after Simon had spent four years as a journalist covering the local crime beat for The Baltimore Sun.

I’d set aside time and made plans to write this review on several occasions but could never quite get my thoughts and words together. To be honest, I had a feeling of ambivalence towards saying that Homicide is a good book. Homicide is pretty much about the investigation of deaths, murders, assaults, and other serious acts of violence over the course of a year. The factual accounting of crimes combined with dark humor and good storytelling made it very easy to lose myself in the story. And then I’d remember that these weren’t just creative stories that a gifted writer had simply made up. These stories that I found entertaining were actually real accounts of the violent end of a human being’s life.


Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman

Kingsman: The Secret Service is a send-up of classic spy and espionage movies complete with the suave agent, cool gadgets, and a super villain with a slightly ridiculous plan to take over the world. There’s action and comedy from start to finish and the special effects during fight scenes make them even more enjoyable.

Kingsman probably won’t be nominated for any Oscars but it’s a fun movie. I’d recommend this film for people who are into spy flicks or comedies. However, there’s quite a bit of violence and sexual content so it’s probably not acceptable for kids and young teens.