Sometimes I feel like human beings were never meant to live at the scale we currently do. Just yesterday, two passengers on a Delta airlines flight refused to wear masks–forcing the plane to return to the gate and have them removed. I wonder if this would have happened before the consolidation of the Internet, back when the issue supply chain did not always–through what is now a familiar pattern of amplification and politicization–bend toward binary uniformity. I mean, after 9/11, Americans more or less just let the government implement security processes at every airport in the nation and we have since then accepted the mild indignities of taking off our shoes and raising our arms in that weird machine. But now today with COVID-19, which has killed over 157,000 Americans to date (52 times those who died in 9/11), every single day there is some news report about some conflict arising because somebody somewhere just did not want to wear a mask and was willing to go to the mat over that.
Without the distorting force of the Internet, I wonder–would anyone in this world feel so strongly about such a mild inconvenience to deliberately impose upon themselves a more significant one like missing/rebooking a flight? I just can’t imagine that making sense to any of our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
Anyway, it’s tomato season. Tomatoes are nice because they’re a reminder that at least for now, there are still some things that are just better local and cannot be proliferated at scale. Look for ones that have colors that call to you. They should feel firm in the hand but yield to pressure and provide some joy, however brief.
- Heirloom tomatoes
- Basil, torn or cut into ribbons
- Olive oil
- Flaky sea salt
- Freshly ground pepper
- Slice the tomatoes and arrange them on a plate.
- Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with basil.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve. These tomatoes are delicious on their own, but also good with warm bread and eggs, maybe some bacon or an avocado, or maybe some tortillas and chorizo, or in a pita with some cucumber and parsley, or on an everything bagel with some smoked salmon, there are a lot of ways in which this can go.