Martini with a Twist

Adrienne Martini
An idiosyncratic and irreverent look at books, podcasts, and television written by an idiosyncratic and irreverent middle-aged white woman who cannot resist a pun on her last name.
Created 27 Jan 2021
  • Full Disclosure
    30 Sep 2021 • 5 min read • 6 11
    As you know, reader, I am a confessed fan of the podcast Maintenance Phase. Even given the moments when their bombshells about, say, Oprah and her “wagon of fat” don’t hit me hard because I am an old ...
  • The dress choses the wearer
    14 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 7 7
    When my now older teenagers were wee things, we used to take them to the Farmer’s Museum up in Cooperstown for the Harvest Fest, Sugaring Off,1 the Candlelight Night, and whenever we wanted to air the...
  • Many things make a newsletter (2)
    25 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 2 1
    The links are accumulating again, no matter how fiercely I cull them. So here’s a quick round-up of things you can read/listen to/see as we struggle through the last of the hot and humids and wait for...
  • The more things change, etc.
    12 Aug 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    The passage of time is such a kick in the head. Last April seems like a million years ago; the turn of the century was just last week. You have entered Philosophy Chat with Adrienne. Not really, mostl...
  • Enter the Weirdness
    04 Aug 2021 • 3 min read • 3 1
    Hiya. I’ve been kinda quiet during the last few weeks — but not for any specific reason. We’ve taken a few short family trips (all of which have been a delight) and the Elder Teen and I are about to t...
  • Many Things Make a Newsletter
    23 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    I have a tendency to collect links to stories that I find notable in some way, which I then foist off on unsuspecting readers over on my blog.1 This is really just the modern version of something we’v...
  • Insert Pole Pun Here
    13 Jul 2021 • 3 min read • 2 1
    I’ve written already about my passing fascination with the people who climb Everest. It’s not an enduring obsession, mind, like the ones I have about competition-based reality TV1 and businesses-gone-...
  • Greed and Power Uber Alles
    07 Jul 2021 • 4 min read • 1 2
    Two new books and one documentary prove that plain old human insatiable hunger for money and power is always the driver for any large-scale tragedy.1 And if I may be so bold,2 the next few years will ...
  • For your earholes
    23 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    This wasn’t initially what I was going to write about this week.1 But when you realize that all of the tabs you have open point to a bunch of similar content, bingo-bango you have a theme. And said th...
  • A post in several courses
    15 Jun 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Appetizer: My recent newsletter about pageants, particularly those pageants that are highly specific, caused a couple of you to send me links. WHICH IS AWESOME. First is a trailer for Miss Navajo, whi...
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