The most important excerpt from this week’s Briefings, which we ask that you read if you have time for nothing else: “Perhaps more importantly, did you know that the 18th century Hungarian engineer, Wolfgang von Kempelen, made a phony mechanical chess master to woo Empress Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina of Austria?” But you can’t stop now, not after the old von Kempelen tease.
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1. What to Eat | Brisket’s #2
For reasons you’ll soon be aware of, we’ve got a keen interest in beef right now. And here’s something we’re beginning to notice: There’s always a new cut, a secret piece of beef the butcher puts in burgers or takes home to his stocky, rosy-cheeked wife. Well, speak of the deckle. According to The New York Times, it’s the second cut, the fattier, more unruly cut of brisket that you’ve got to ask for by name. And now you know the name: deckle.
2. What to Read | Meditations on Rolex
“Rolex is the world’s largest manufacturer of mid-priced luxury watches, whose most popular models have changed relatively little in design over several decades, and which makes extremely reliable, accurate watches with durable, well-designed movements.” Beginning with this proposition, Forbes writer and editor of Revolution Magazine, Jack Forster, examines the different attitudes watch enthusiasts have about Rolex.
3. What to Look Out For | Chess Cheaters
Did you know that people cheat in chess? Did you know that cheating is a problem in youth chess tournaments? Perhaps more importantly, did you know that the 18th century Hungarian engineer, Wolfgang von Kempelen, made a phony mechanical chess master to woo Empress Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina of Austria? If not, head over to Grantland to read about evolution of cheating in chess. yeah
4. What to Ride | The A Train
Here at GP HQ in New York, we ride the subway almost every day. The A line runs all the way from Harlem in northern Manhattan down through Brooklyn and ultimately to Rockaway in Queens, covering 30 miles. It’s crowded, loud, and everyone rides it. This particular correspondent is about to head uptown on it. The BBC explores the communities along the A train in words, photos, and jazz, in this feature.
5. What to Drink | Festbier
We’ve heard what you’re up to. We know you’ve been breaking the law. Not federal law or state law. Not the laws of kashrut (though we’d like you to lay off the treif during the high holidays). We’re talking about the Reinheitsgebot, German laws governing beer purity. It’s nearly Oktoberfest, after all, so put down that pomegranate wheat ale and pick up a festbier. This one’s from Altenmünster and comes in a half-gallon swingtop bottle, the kind of thing that puts you on any host’s “invite back” list.