Monday, March 30, 2009


What a sourdough starter could be.

Also, words spoken in sleep.

Sunday, March 29, 2009


From The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

adj steep

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Spoken in a line--something like, "Let's get subtexty," although one would have to see the play, (and should anyway--I recommend)--in Sheila Callaghan's "That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play," down at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (which, by the way, has comfortable red velvet seats). Tonight I ushered there.

[Spoiler alert] One of the best lines is delivered by a man who informs a woman that his rape of her is now concluded. It was hilarious, and it wasn't until afterwards, out on the sidewalk, that I thought of Philip Gourevitch's book. I imagine that anybody with a sense of humor who's ever been raped by surprise will find that line funny. You have to see it in context, though.

Runner-up of the day is "unhokily," from Christine Muhlke's article about Corsica, in the Times' spring travel supplement.

My search for la vraie cuisine corse -- more beans, fewer whistles -- also took me to a pair of epicurean temples on opposite ends of the 114-mile-long island that unhokily showcase peasant food.

It's quite nice to yearn for Corsica. It sounds like a mercurial island--my kind of place.

Monday, March 16, 2009


There is no appearance of the word Cluny in an article in the March 2009 Brooklyn Rail by a woman named Rebecca Armstrong. The closest, really, was the word boxier, which isn't close at all. But after reading her article, about the making of a t-shirt and the shaping of a visually expressive identity, I had a little craving for Cluny. No idea what Cluny is like (what is Cluny like?) but Cluny looks fine.

If you want a boxier look, you cut the body wider.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Spotted in Gabrielle Langholtz’s editor's letter in the January/February 2009 issue of Edible Manhattan.

“Wine inspires the corkscrewy to pursue enophile adventures . . . .”

Leads me to Jimmie Lunceford’s I'm Nuts About Screwy Music.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009