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Sunday, September 28, 2008

McConaughey and me

Matthew McConaughey and I are in perfect agreement:
"A flip-flop...has gotta be malleable and form to your feet. But it can't be too thick. Too much cushion takes away the beauty of the flip-flop. The whole point is that it's not a shoe.

I have hip and back pain to show for my adherence to this philosophy, but I'll j.k. livin'.

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Subtitles and text messages

I hadn't thought of this idea before--and I believe 70 percent of it, the part about new forms of reading which feel less arduous because they're so normal now--so thanks, Kristin Scott Thomas:
“People will now go to films with subtitles, you know,” she added. “They’re not afraid of them. It’s one of the upsides of text-messaging and e-mail.” She smiled. “Maybe the only good thing to come of it.”

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Saturday, September 20, 2008


Leave it to Hitchens to come up with this perfect sentence:
"Indeed, I sometimes can’t help feeling that it might be nice to live in a country where a presidential nominee will call you up, drop the names of your intellectual enemies and recall their perfidious reactions to one of your books, before adding, 'Do you really think I’m an idiot or do you really believe what you are saying, that these people are your family?'"

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Kidnapper's ladder

The oddest detail from today's NYT article about Maurice Sendak:
Against all probability, some of the nightmares that have relentlessly pursued him since childhood — like the 1932 Lindbergh baby kidnapping — have been laid to rest. A couple of weeks ago a dealer found one of the tiny reproductions of the kidnapper’s ladder that were sold as souvenirs at the New Jersey trial.

“I was floored,” Mr. Sendak said. He traded one of his drawings for it. “That ends my obsession with the case,” he said.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

Mainlining rice wine vinegar

The other day my friend procured some Miracle Berries, the odd fruit which reconfigures your tastebuds for a half hour or so so that sour doesn't taste sour. A selection of my notes before the tasting:

"What are they?"
"They're magic!"
"No, they're totally fucked up!"

"I'm hoping this will be like 9 1/2 Weeks, when Mickey Rourke is feeding Kim Basinger..."

"It'll be like heroin for your mouth..."

"Did you buy Miracle Berries or poison?"

At this point I began to worry that I was the wrong person for this flavorfuck. I'm not an adventurous eater, and my doors of perception are sort of fine unopened.

I took the red pill--er, berry. I got hooked on Miracle Berry-addled rice wine vinegar. It's amazing. With the sour taste knocked out, it tastes like plum sauce or something. My friend had to intervene at one point: "Alice, no more mainlining rice wine vinegar." I switched to lemons, limes, and oranges. Limes are the best--like limeade in concentrated form.

Stilton cheese still tastes basically like Stilton, but there's something sweet behind it. It tastes like Stilton at first, and then there's a sweet aftertaste like rotten ice cream.

I had a little more rice wine vinegar to make it better.

I was out of commission after Tabasco. It's sweet and hot, but the hot sticks around like Tabasco sauce always does.

Half an hour later, I felt like I had been doing what I had been doing: drinking vinegar from the bottle. And eating limes and blue cheese.

Miracle Berries--not like heroin for your mouth or Mickey Rourke, but interesting enough.


Anonymous Anonymous on Tue Sep 02, 04:32:00 PM:
Sounds to me like Miracle Berries must go along with a Pepto-Bismol chaser. I just came back from Garden of Eden. On the computer screen at the cashier's I read: "We have miracle berries." I thought: "Hm, wonder what those are..." I come home and you give me the answer. Thank you.