THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH HAVING A (CHRISTMAS) TREE AS A FRIEND
If you’re a fan of numbers, you probably are already familiar with FiveThirtyEight. Back in 2014, they did a fascinating analysis of Bob Ross’s The Joy of Painting. Turns out there are a statistically significant number of happy little trees. There are “snow-covered mountains” in 26% of his on-air works, and generic snow in 19%.
The image on this stocking is a great example of a painting that qualifies for “snow-covered mountain” but not “snow” since the foreground appears to capture a summer scene. It also features Bob Ross’s smiling face ready to exhort you to “get a little crazy.” Which in this context probably means eat holiday candy for breakfast.
On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.
Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.
First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.
Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope