Tone-deaf dining

John Winterman, maitre d’ at Daniel restaurant in New York City, gives us “Eat This List: 5 reasons you (yes you) should embrace fine dining“.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Cultural Surrogate:

Tim Kreider:

Unalloyed honesty is the iridium of the information economy — vanishingly rare, and therefore precious. We don’t respect people like Louis C.K. or George Saunders because of their credentials; it’s because they’re among the few people in public life who’ll say anything obviously true — or, at the very least, anything they really mean. We trust that, unlike politicians or their spin doctors, corporate flacks, think-tank flunkies or cable propagandists, they have no agenda beyond the self-evident one of making a living with their work.

In other words, they are jesters. Fools.

And that is not a bad thing.

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I Can’t Believe it’s not Pudding, or: Adventures in Bad Food Ideas

Let’s say you have several cupboards. One such cupboard hides cannisters of forgotten, rarely-if-ever-used Coffee-mate brand powedered non-dairy creamer, a non-food foodstuff. Let’s further suppose that instead of just throwing said cannisters in the garbage, you wonder what one could do with such items. In a culinary way.

Could one, perhaps, make pudding?

Why not give it a try!

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King of the Hill, or: About as Stealthy as ‘Alulcard’ and ‘Dr. Acula’

The A.V. Club has:

I’ve been meaning to read “Locke & Key” for ages; perhaps this will provide the impetus.

See also:

What I find most interesting from the A.V. Club interview? Being able to contextualize Hill in how he references Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, and others. We see him as a writer aware of his pop culture peers and who can use them as touchstones for techniques and perspectives.

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2013.04.27: TV Thoughts

By numerical date it’s the two-year anniversary of The Tornado; by day, though, that will always be a Wednesday. It’s not the same if you’re not huddled in the basement of BB Comer as the power and internet and phones go out while from above you hear what sounds like the Hoover to end all Hoovers vacuuming the stadium.

Today it rained the tiniest bit and we had that golden summer post-rain glow as afternoon slid into an evening gown. We watched the newest ‘Doctor Who’, and got back on track with ‘Millennium’ and ‘The X-Files’. We’re still waiting for the storm the weather apps are promising.

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“We should be more like …” [Grimes]

Salon has a post (“I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living”) about/by the musician/artist Grimes.

It’s a name I’d heard before …

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“We should be more like …” [Jin Jeong]

Who is Jin? She describes herself as “a young South Korean female” and that she “wanted to hitchhike and see the universe. But I changed my mind and decided first to see more of this world.” Why is she relevant, what is she doing? Beginning in September, 2011, she’s biking around the world.

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[XF/M] S3E12 & S6E12: “The Sound of Snow” and “One Son”

M: Love and hate here.

XF: Ms. S did not see that coming.

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[XF/M] S3E11 & S6E11: “Collateral” and “Two Fathers”

Tuesday evening we returned to our rotation.

First: John Locke, Spike, and Art Bell in one episode … I can’t take credit for that way of looking at it, though, as it’s part of the A.V. Club review.

Then: over in ‘The X-Files’ we get the first of a two-parter, “Two Fathers”, in which we begin to wrap up the entire mythology arc. It’s more of a punt than anything, but it’s still hugely entertaining.

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The Supernatural vs. the Supersensible: ‘Bones’ and “The Pathos in the Pathogens”

No crime scene this week, no body dump … we begin with biohazard containment.

A blogger has been killed by an unknown pathogen and dumped in a pile of veterinary waste. Her fiance, a source in the pharmaceutical industry, and a drug-developing horse owner, Bryan Fuller, are the links and suspects. After it is determined that the pathogen is not airborne everyone relaxes a bit, but upon moving the body Dr. Arastoo Vaziri is pricked by a hidden needle, infected with the same disease that killed the blogger, and it is a race against time to identify the disease, find the killer, and acquire a cure. All the rest is window-dressing, which is, alas, a problem, even though the episode does successfully tug at our heartstrings to the point of moving us like the empathetic little marionettes we are.

This has me thinking less of Kleist and more of Schiller. My thoughts on ‘Bones’, this episode, and Schiller’s “On the Pathetic” as a lens through which to view such television follow.

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