We are all the audience (and we are all Neil Young)

Every once in a while, at the beginning of a day (almost never later in the day, it seems), I run across passage in saved notes. Courtesy my favorite magazine, the passage is what Neil Young says to Jonathan Demme as they chat on Skype and edit a concert video together. They disagree about whether … Continue reading We are all the audience (and we are all Neil Young)

I love the New Yorker, but…

Good for the Post Story Lab. Steve Hendrix noticed this line in a New Yorker blog item and posted about it: “The biggest play of the game may have been Alex Ovechkin’s open-ice demolition of Jagr, which led to a quick Russian goal and an arena-wide gasp (it was the hockey equivalent of the collapse … Continue reading I love the New Yorker, but…

Sin Eaters: Your mortgage is delicious

My favorite new metaphor for the financial crisis, in this piece: Margaret Atwood, in her recent book “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth,” notes that in Aramaic the words for “debt” and “sin” are the same. When we ask for forgiveness from our trespasses or call Christ the Redeemer, we are employing, as … Continue reading Sin Eaters: Your mortgage is delicious

My new favorite ‘Tables for Two’ sentence ever

Ah, food. From the June 22 review of La Fonda del Sol: Among the tapas, the genuine blandness of the salt-cod croquetas helped ameliorate the goutiness brought on by a rich little pot of duckling, pork, and sherry, and, from the next round, lamb dressed with hot peppers and roasted on a bed of grass from … Continue reading My new favorite ‘Tables for Two’ sentence ever

Singing under all circumstances

Wanted to give you three you-might-like-this-book-if points for Don’t Stop Believin’, the karaoke book mentioned in this blog previously. First, the inscription, “To my Nana Mac, who always hated Mel Torme.” Second, the pair of epigraphs. “Here people could sing unrestrained; and sing they did with heart and gusto, under all circumstances and on all conceivable … Continue reading Singing under all circumstances

Yes, three million people have seen it, but have you?

Months late, made it through the Journeys issue and the elevator story. I’d put off watching the video until I’d read the story, barring any unexpected work or social demands. As it turned out, the story was fine. Interesting, especially if you have some Richard Scarry-induced mechanical love, but not mind-blowing. Then I saw the … Continue reading Yes, three million people have seen it, but have you?

Amphora

New Yorker, Dec. 13, 2004. Cartoon. There’s a couple Grim Reapers sitting on a couch, one holding a sickle. There’s a dog and cat lying on the floor, legs in the air. The first Grim Reaper says to the second, “I really don’t think we need any more pets.” Poem. John Asbery writes “In Those … Continue reading Amphora