Recommended Reading / 28.

Every Monday, words to start the week. 

This week, courtesy of MAD: Danish chef René Redzepi of Noma chats over tea with 89-year-old sushi sage Jiro Ono. When asked how many years it took before he reached master status, Ono says, "Let's say it's 50." Five-zero? asks Redzepi. "There is a lot of failure before that," Ono continues. "You go through failures and successes and more failures for years until it feels like you have achieved what you had in mind the whole time." Did you ever want to stop? "No. Never. I never considered that question. The only question was, 'how can I get better?'"

Find the video in its entirety below, and read more about MAD, here. Photo: Magnolia Pictures.

A few more, just because:
-Stories behind airport codes.
-Scott Blake's hole-punch flipbooks.
-From the food diary of a poet: "I sip a mug of kratom tea, which is a legal vitamin that makes music sound better to people. It also makes you very hungry. Under its influence, I wolf an enormous turkey sandwich while listening to Brain Salad Surgery and become one with the glittering cosmos. My mouth glistens with a galaxy of mayonnaise. Turkey is...a dinosaur, I think, disoriented, and fall asleep dreaming of myself flying a pturkeydactyl so close to the sun that it becomes perfectly roasted and embraces me with a pair of enormous brown drumsticks. Food is truly a miracle."

More recommended reading, here. Have a lovely Monday.


  1. Both Noma and Jiro sushi are my dream restaurants. One day, I would love to eat there... Thank you for this post. Very cool.

  2. Jiro gives me hope, or a reminder that I'm on a journey :) I also had to laugh out loud at the snippet of the food diary poet!

  3. that food diary is making me hungry

  4. That food diary is hilarious!

  5. Hena, Kathy, and Fee, I loved the whole thing — so creative!



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