17 months after releasing the timeless track Smells Like Teen Spirit as a part of their album Nevermind, Nirvana began to record what would be their final album, In Utero — produced by Steve Albini.
In November of 1992, shortly before the band formally agreed on Albini's involvement, Albini wrote to Nirvana and laid bare his philosophy in a pitch letter that describes his uncompromising and outspoken nature, and describes how he chooses to look at creativity, craft, and money matters and bureaucracy getting into the way of producing something exceptional. The letter is absolutely delightful to read and lets us explore the headspace of someone who sees producing something beautiful and good as their top priority.
"In the early years, around 2004, we were improvising new recipes every day, and I could instantly tell what was working and what wasn’t by watching people eat. A great dish hits you like a Whip-It: There’s momentary elation, a brief ripple of pure pleasure in the spacetime continuum. That’s what I was chasing, that split second when someone tastes something so delicious that their conversation suddenly derails and they blurt out something guttural like they stubbed their toe."
Chef David Chang, owner of Momofuku — a chain of restaurants awarded with two Michelin Stars — talks about how he looks at cooking, his early experiments with salt, and what makes customers love a dish and keep coming back.
Sarah Perry from Ribbonfarm talks about the importance of boundaries in complex interconnected systems and discusses how networks work, the importance of rituals within communities, and a whole lot of good stuff that may spark many ideas within you.
Some Food for Thought
Okay folks, that’s it for today! I’ll see you with another edition of the newsletter tomorrow morning. Till then, take care and enjoy your Sunday.