Sep 19 2013 | 2 Comments
A NEW YORK KIND OF WEEK
It has been a real New York kind of week around here – from the party celebrating the acquisition of the Timothy Leary archives at the New York Public Library, to the publication party last night for Bauer Dean and Glenn Horowitz’s new book Katz’s The Autobiography of a Deli. It was one event after another that had New York stamped all over them.
Tuesday night we wormed our way through traffic to make the party in the Trustees room at the NYPL. We got there too late to hear them talk about how Glenn had been responsible for selling the archives to the library. But we did make it in time to hear Leary archivist Michael Horowitz, (no relation to Glenn though he is Winona Ryder’s father) entertain the room with many anecdotes of his days and decades with Leary. Horowitz said that the FBI not the NYPL once held the largest Timothy Leary archive.
A snippet from the AP Release that was published around the world.
“The New York Public Library, which acquired the vast archive for an undisclosed sum from the Leary estate in 2011, is making the material available for the first time Wednesday to scholars and the public.The archive “is the missing link in every attempt to piece together an account of research into Timothy Leary and the emergence of scientific research into psychedelic drugs and popular drug counterculture,” said Denis Berry, a trustee for the Leary estate.”
Alexis paints in a semi realistic though fantasmagorical manner. He deals primarily with the intersection of man and nature. With man in the lead.
Last year Alexis helped design the sets for the Life of Pi.
That night was Glenn’s birthday so we had dinner at Baltazhar, (a very New York kind of place) with his brother Gregg and his wife Ellen and our kids and a few of their friends.
Then last night we were at Zatz’s Deli – Bauer and Dean Publishers and Glenn Horowitz Bookseller published an extraordinary book called “Autobiography of a Deli – Katz’s”. I’m not just saying that because I’m married to him, it’s been out one day and it’s already number three in photography on Amazon. The photographs were taken by Baldomero Fernandez, and he captured the iconic deli in honor of its 125-year anniversary.
I’m not going to give away the deli so to speak, as I want you to buy the book. But a few little known facts.
At the present time there are only two Jewish waiters who work at Katz’s.
The cutters are all Hispanic.
While the book is composed of amazing photos that cover every single part of the deli from the making of the meats to the serving and cutting of them, the people who come there, the history, not a pickle is left unexamined. But it also has some very interesting stats.
A few just to tempt your taste buds and curiosity.
“Pounds of pastrami served per week – 6,000 – 16,000
“Number of pickles served per week – 8,000 – 15,000
Now if you want to know the rest of what goes into the making and running of world’s most famous deli you will have to buy Autobiography of a Deli – Katz’s.
One more fact - number of salami’s sent To Your Boy In The Army – 100,000
Happy 125th Birthday Katz’s! Congrats Bauer Dean and Glenn Horowitz for a book well done!
David Manheim does not mind being called a Jewish waiter. In fact he has an hysterical talk show on You Tube called The Last Jewish Waiter. Check it out.
To get your copy from AMAZON click HERE.