One of the main reasons why Fours and a Pour started was to force me to stop and note what's going on in this moment. It's easy to keep projecting forward but it's challenging to be present. However, by constantly being observant of this instance, or of this small thing, I gain a greater appreciation for all that swirls around me.
I open with this as a way to publicly shame myself because I have not been following this ideology AT ALL. I have a scarlett "S" for "slacker" emblazoned on my arm I have been barreling through my days; my eyes don't see what's around and my mind is charging towards the next task at hand. And it's autumn. In New York. One of the most beautiful times of year. For chrissakes….
So, let's create a challenge together. I'll get back to doing this column weekly and in turn, please post just one of your own "fours" in the comments section. A little inspiration for us all.
1. The F train musicians
Want to hear some quality live music? Take a ride on the F train, especially to the Delancey Street and 14th Street stops. Holy hell, there is some serious talent going on down here. I have actually let a train go by just so I can listen a little longer. At 14th St, look for the girl with the Afro and her guitar. Sheer, raw talent. And Delancey Street always has a rotating showcase of soul musicians. Forget Ticketmaster, I'm swiping my Metrocard when I want to attend a concert.
2. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
Although the protagonist is male, I can't imagine that this novel about a writer loving and living in modern-day Brooklyn isn't semi-autobiographical. However, the rise of demise of a relationship chronicled throughout this novel is thoroughly relatable to anyone who's been, or wants to be, in love.
3. The Wancko Cookie from Sigmund's Pretzel
I'm been carbo-loading on Sigmund's Pretzels for a while, but how did I nearly overlook this cookie?! Peanut Butter. Chocolate Chunks. Pretzel pieces. And did I mention it's the size of my head?
photo source: seriouseats.com
4. Brooklyn Based's Indie Media Camp Event
This daylong conference was a source of great information as well as inspiration. It's encouraging to hear how even successful sites, such as Design*Sponge still consider themselves a work in progress, even ten years later. And the sale of Curbed, a network that started as a small passion project, to Vox Media for $25 - $30 million? Dream big, people, dream big. For a full recap, click here.
The PourBricco Rivoira Masna Barbera d'Asti 2007
Simpler, more fruit forward than other Barberas, this medium-bodied red showcases bushels of blackberries and cherries. Classic notes of plum and soil do come through but this juicy version of a Barbera fits the bill for the chilly-but-not-quite cold autumn evenings.