, the much-praised documentary about Japanese sushi legend Jiro Ono.“It’s about this guy in Japan who makes the best sushi, probably in the world, and you’re, like, What’s the secret? “And the secret is dedication to every little aspect, from the rice to the fish to the way the customers are seated to the order in which the meal is presented.” He pauses.
CINCINNATI—Surprised to discover that the once-beloved job perk had lost its appeal over the years, local barber Mike Grossman told reporters Tuesday that he was no longer even that excited by bringing home free bags of hair at the end of the day.“It’s a bit of a cautionary tale: the bright young intellectual who either gets sloppy or people stop scrutinizing them when they should be critical of everyone and everything,” says Silver.“That’s why I need to take some time just to relax—between the election and the book, I spilled out a lot of my creative output.Silver’s admiration for, a movie about attention to detail, is of course exactly the kind of metaphor a writer hopes for—an almost too-perfect reveal of Silver’s psychology.Fish or numbers, it all comes down to an obsession with method and perfectionism. “He could have opened a chain of restaurants and then become a celebrity chef, and he chose not to. That’s my personality: to really enjoy the work you are doing and not cheapen yourself.” Silver, in other words, has no intention of becoming the Guy Fieri of nerdville.