After work on Monday, I headed to a roof-top party near Cardozo High School, a popular gathering spot, to see the fireworks. It was a hot night, so I stuck to potato salad. Let's just say that the next morning, Coney Island wasn't the only place familiar with the term "reversal of fortune." Thanks for the kind words, though. I am better now.
Summer can be an awkward cooking season. The heat and humidity mean that nobody really wants to be slaving over a stove in the kitchen, only making matters worse temperature-wise. Luckily for you, The Post's Food section is all over this, with a full list of recipes that do not require any cooking. So you can finally branch out from the sushi, salad and smoothie diet you've been on that's probably getting a bit repetitive.
As a monster baseball fan since I was a kid, you might be surprised to hear this from me: I have absolutely zero problems whatsoever with performance-enhancing-drugs in the game. As a matter of principle, it doesn't bother me. Unfortunately for Roger Clemens, a congressional committee does care. The celebrated pitcher is accusing of lying during a hearing on the topic of steroids and jury selection begins today. The Post's Del Quentin Wilber reports on the proceedings.
• Propaganda is a fascinating concept. The idea that printed, fantastical posters work to influence the hearts and minds of a nation is wild. In communist China, they take things to a whole new level. Foreign Policy's Edmund Downie shares some gems from "Chairman Mao's Technicolor Dream World."
• If you're into space shuttles, you should check out this video compilation about U.S. history in the beyond.
• Louis Armstrong died 40 years ago today. This is my favorite Satchmo song.Check out my daily Lunchline Live chats at noon, or anytime on my Facebook fan page. You can also drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.