Console yourself as you pay your taxes with this week's list of toys, just in case you have anything left in your piggy bank. Meanwhile we really liked this article
in the New York Times last week. Oh, and listen to The Beatles...
Even more so than usual, you may need to read from the bottom up today courtesy of Ernest Hemingway.
rebate rampage: the list
watch: the untouchables
In 1920 during the height of Prohibition, Al "Scarface" Capone’s multi-million
dollar Chicago operation in bootlegging, prostitution and gambling dominated the organized crime scene. He was responsible for brutal acts of violence, including the assassination of seven rivals in the St Valentine's Day massacre.
No one could stop him. Except the IRS.
read: gold diggers
Just in case you are feeling the need to strike it rich(er.) Before the crypto bubble a gold rush was always a good bet. Between 1896 and 1909 the equivalent of over $7Bn in gold was shipped out of the Klondike. A few lucky men become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, almost overnight. As long as they didn't freeze or starve to death.
Hardened prospectors. Thrill seekers. Con-men. Entrepreneurs. Hookers. Journalists. And every other flavor of human you can imagine descended. Growing a river mooring point from a population of zero to 100,000 people in almost no time at all.
All in the search of gold.
cocktail: death in the afternoon
During much of the 1930s, Ernest Hemingway summered in Florida’s Key West, whiling away the hours drinking, fishing, and getting into all sorts of adventurous scrapes. One such incident ended up producing a superlative summer aperitif, created Death in the Afternoon, a bewitching concoction of absinthe and champagne that is still adored by bartenders and aesthetes today.
As the story goes Hemingway and three officers of the HMS Danae came up with the recipe after a seafaring rescue mission. The minerality and sparkling texture of the champagne temper the intense herbaceous quality of absinthe, blending together to create a cool, silky sip that’s just the thing to calm the nerves and pique the appetite before dinner.
1.5 oz Absinthe Larusée
4 oz Krug champagne
Pour absinthe into a champagne flute or coupe, add chilled champagne, and stir. Hemingway recommended you add champagne, “until it attains the proper opalescent milkiness. Drink three to five of these slowly.”