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1. Mark Bittman posted a listing of 101 summer salad suggestions.

44. Make a crisp grilled cheese sandwich, with good bread and not too much good cheese. Let it cool, then cut into croutons. Put them on anything, but especially tomato and basil salad. This you will do forever.

2. Wilde and Wodehouse's London is a set of photos on Flickr with lovely images of the sights these masters of words might have passed during their days.

3. While I'm on a food & photography theme, Jon Huck has a collection of photos of people and their breakfasts. It's an interesting project; I have difficulty seeing much depth in it, but it is fun to browse.

4. A former professor of mine has an essay on healing as metaphor online.

5. I finished reading Neil Postman's Entertaining Ourselves to Death recently. Having done that, I stumbled around online to see what others were saying about his arguments and shortly found a link to an essay by David Foster Wallace, E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction in a .pdf file.

6. The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Date: 2009-07-22 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] askeladden.livejournal.com
It was interesting to read the comments to the Wallace Stevens poem. I always took it as pretty unambiguously saying "Life is brief and sweet and beautiful, and then it's gone." But several people in the comments were saying that "ice cream" represents frivolity or emptiness or sensual as opposed to spiritual pleasures or the futility of worldly power, which seems very much to be missing the point, IMHO. How odd. It's always read as a stately, sardonic, but very loving poem to me. Maybe these people just have something against ice cream. Devotees of Leon Kass?

Date: 2009-07-29 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rouji.livejournal.com
I had similar thoughts about the poem and indulged in reading it during hot summer days to enjoy them all the more. My hope is that the one remaining devotee of Leon Kass is Mr. Kass himself.

The Wondering Minstrels website is a favorite of mine for the breadth of poems they feature, and the myriad comments.

Date: 2009-07-28 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] accio-detention.livejournal.com

"44. Make a crisp grilled cheese sandwich, with good bread and not too much good cheese. Let it cool, then cut into croutons. Put them on anything, but especially tomato and basil salad. This you will do forever."

You could not possibly believe how much this reminds me of SBP!Remus. Bravo.

Date: 2009-07-29 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rouji.livejournal.com
You're soggy, too?

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