Dispatches from the Head

Eating in NYC.

NYC, Folks!

Just getting ready to leave NYC. Had a really great time here. I think I needed the rest and needed to get out of LA after wrapping season 2 of ‘Maron.' I also had some business here that I don’t think I am at liberty to really talk about but let's say it went well. Everyone who was involved seemed happy with it.

I’m a bit anxious. I hope I can get out of NYC. I think I should be able to but I have become terrified of the weather in terms of travel. They used to fly in snow but not so much anymore. We’ll see. There’s a bit in the forecast but maybe we’ll get out.

Let me break down what I put in my body while I was here. I think you all should know. First night here we went to Angelika Kitchen. Healthy shit. The best macro joint on the planet though I’ve only eaten at maybe three. It was a good way to start. After eating there some part of you thinks, "why not eat like this all the time," and then, the following night, the Carnegie Deli steps in and shows you why you can't. A pastrami sandwich, matzoh ball soup and a slice of cheesecake later you think, "I don’t think I can ever eat again." That passes. Next day, Mogador Café for tagines and groovy Moroccan sides, mint tea, solid. Next day, Veselka, hot borscht and perogi. Then Russ and Daughter for just two fillets of matjes herring which almost cost me my new relationship. It’s a rocky initiation into the latent culinary yearnings of eastern European Jew lineage. She didn’t like it but she tried it. I think her immediate response was, "foul." Last night up we went to Scott Conant's NYC Scarpetta and had an awesome meal. I believe I may have a heart attack but I also believe this was just the trip to push me into a healthier food and exercise regimen. We’ll see. Both could happen.

And, yes, I am dating Moon Zappa. So, there. It’s been fun and grown up and AGE APPROPRIATE. Lots of crying (good kind) and laughing and talking and learning how to be in a relationship in a healthy way and other stuff (shy).

Do you know what Dr. Bronner’s All in One Soap is? Have you read the label? Do you remember the first time you saw the label and thought, "What the fuck is this?" I do. Through some weird coincidences I was able to interview David Bronner who is the grandson of Emmanuel Bronner who is the guy who wrote that stuff on the label. I was curious and obsessed about it. Interesting talk. On Thursday, if all goes as planned, the amazing Ron White will be on the show. I love Ron. He’s the real deal. I’m looking forward to talking to him.


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JT February 10, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Unwittingly applied Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap below the equator on time in a stranger’s shower, nursing a nuclear hangover, wondering “Why, baby? Why?” 5…4…3…2…1… ZING! WAKE UP!

Beth February 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

When Moon was on your show I thought, “I wish they would get together.” Really happy for you and hope it works out.

Andrew S. February 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Five minutes into your pocast with Moon, I was totally blown away with the chemistry between you, and yes, I was sure you two were destined to be together. Very happy for you, and wish you the best. I’m so pleased, I just shit my pants(POW).

JAF February 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Very happy for you, Marc. Don’t be over the Moon too soon.

Nuffy February 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm


68 February 13, 2014 at 11:03 am

“And, yes, I am dating Moon Zappa. So, there. It’s been fun and grown up and AGE APPROPRIATE. Lots of crying (good kind) and laughing and talking and learning how to be in a relationship in a healthy way and other stuff (shy).”

This makes me way happier than a new relationship between two people that I have never met should. Congrats Marc and Moon. Her interview was among the first I listened to and I sensed a chemistry between you two.

I’ve been listening to your pod cast for a month or so now. I’m just about through the free episodes so I will soon be a paid member. Thanks for all many many hours of insightful interviews.


Roman February 14, 2014 at 2:28 am

I’m a long time listener and fellow Albuquerque native. Great monologue concerning you and Moon, full of insight and frankly beautiful, one of your best, very impressive stuff. Would love to see a show out here in your old stomping grounds. I hope that is a real possibility. And you are right about Los Poblanos. The north valley is a diverse unique collection of neighborhoods.

Jan February 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

You and Moon had incredible chemistry during the podcast…congrats.

Have you seen this Mental Floss article—you made the list!?(#15):  http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/55008/32-famous-people-rejected-saturday-night-live

Edward Uken February 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Congratulations on the new love! Found your podcast a couple weeks ago and have had a wonderful time listening. There’s something really refreshing about the lack of a wall between you and us, the audience. That’s cool, and I love that you get the artists on your show to take that journey with you. That’s amazing.

I love how you don’t pull punches in sharing yourself. I especially love the little bits where you share how your anxiety is giving you trouble, or what you are worrying about before the show gets published online. That all really resonates with me. I’m glad you’ve got a place to share your particular view of the world, it makes me feel less alone with the whole anxiety and depression thing. So, not sure if you end up reading these comments, but I hope you do so you can see that you’ve reached yet another person in the world, and I hope that brings you some joy and happiness.

Good times.

robin o! February 15, 2014 at 4:51 am

so happy you’re on the right track, relationship wise.  she’s awesome.  you’re awesome.  stoked for you guys.

next.  thanks for this interview with bronner.  i’ve seen that soap my whole life & i have never had the energy to read a word of that label.  wow, have i been missing out.  learned a lot & i’m inspired on a couple fronts.  thanks, once again, marc.

David February 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I have listened to about 375 of the podcasts so far, and I’ve heard chemistry between you and some of your guests, but the vibe between you and Moon was pure love and romance. I’m thrilled for both of you. And great timing, too, with Valentines Day finally placing its imprimatur on a relationship that needed 20 years to mature, like a fine wine. And I’m rooting for you in another way, because I just started a new romance, too. Best of luck to both of us.

Cindy D February 17, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Hooray for you and Moon. It is just the sweetest thing and thank you for sharing! Try to remember how you feel right now and always try to be nice! (Also, is she a cat person? How does she feel about the cat situation? Inquiring minds…)

Alan Y February 18, 2014 at 1:03 am

Great News! As soon as you started mentioning a new love, I immediately thought… Moon Zappa! The chemistry on that show was awesome. And now, to hear you tell the back story/love story it warmed my heart.
I had my doubts about the Dr. Bronner podcast, but damn it, I’ve got to learn to trust your judgement on guests! It was awesome and insightful. And of course I immediately went out and bought my first bottle of peppermint soap. I will never doubt again!