Charles Coleman, film programmer at Facets Cinematheque, is reading:

The Warmth of Other Suns As Thucydides once said, “History is philosophy teaching by examples.” No better representation of this statement can be demonstrated than by reading The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson, an award-winning journalist and professor. It is hard to believe that no one had previously chronicled the mass migration of millions of African-Americans from the south, which began in the 1910s and continued to the 1970s, as they sought the uncertain prospects of a better future in the north.

The result of this extraordinary journey regarding its impact is incalculable, as the generational legacy detailed in this extraordinary book crosses the entire spectrum of the American experience. The Warmth of Other Suns reads like a novel and Wilkerson’s writing style compels the audience to follow along with keen interest as we share the delight and plight of her subjects. My parents were part of this iconic movement. Ms. Wilkerson has powerfully reminded us that our country is about its people who will do their best to triumph over any adversity. As someone once said, “History never looks like history when you are living through it.”


Rob Sevier, founder of the Numero Group, treasures:

The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists Here at the Numero Group we’re in the business of real songs and stories that are too great to be faked. Arrow Brown‘s bizarre pairing of a record label with a harem, the Final Solution‘s gig recording a blaxploitation soundtrack for filmmakers too incompetent to shoot a single frame, the downer masterpiece of a minor-league hockey star . . . these are lost national treasures that we barely believed when we discovered them, too irresistible to withhold from the world any longer. Canadian cartoonist Gregory Gallant, also known as Seth, is making these same sorts of discoveries in the world of cartoons and carefully weaving them into a warmhearted narrative about bygone ways of life. The only difference is that these are all Seth’s creations: Canada Jack, the Great Machine, sadly, even Kao-Kuk. Don’t mistake them for crass imitations. It’s a fine line between imagination that fakes reality and imagination that manifests reality. Seth succeeds at the latter.


Peter Rios, owner and founder of Alliance Bakery, enjoys eating at:

Bento Box Out running errands last week and getting over a cold, I was in need of a good lunch. My friend recommended we try Bento Box on Armitage. Thinking maybe a hot Asian soup would be the right remedy, I agreed. As we pulled up, it looked as if the restaurant was closed, not a soul in the place. We entered and spotted the chef in the kitchen. He quickly came around and offered us seating. This place is small—only six to eight tables, open kitchen, and one restroom. We noticed a chalkboard menu on the wall with four items and descriptions. Talk about keeping it simple.

The day’s dishes were Korean spareribs, bulgogi beef, jidori chicken, and pho with short ribs. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup with basil, lime, and spices. This pho had a bonus: perfectly cut/cooked beef short rib. Served in a large stone bowl with a decorative handle, the soup was amazing. Great balance of spice, sour, and endless pieces of noodles and short rib. The kimchi was done very well—extra spicy and cut very fine. Bento Box is a tiny spot with big flavors, good atmosphere, and easy decisions.