Friday, September 26, 2008

Yankee Snack

Yankees' postseason absence 'weird'
Seeing Cathedral dark will be new experience for many
By Mark Newman /

Not gonna lie...I'm pretty stoked. Schadenfreude?

Silt Snack

"Silt is soil or rock derived granular material of a grain size between sand and clay. Silt may occur as a soil or as suspended sediment in a surface water body. It may also exist as soil deposited at the bottom of a water body."


It is also the subject of a very important essay assigned to Doug Funnie.

Watch the episode here: Doug's Lost Weekend

Inspiration for this post provided by Sunil Gopal.


Tara Donovan was one of this year's recipients of the MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. Subsequently, she was profiled in the NYTimes this week.

by Carol Kino

a nifty slideshow is accompanied here: "Material Wonders"
fotografia courtesy of Ellen Labenski, Tara Donovan, and PaceWildenstein NY


A reminder to all of those Presidential hopefuls in the wake of debate-time. Big ups to Willy Shakes for laying it out loud and clear.

Subject: A Rebirth of Snacks

Originally Sent June 20, 2008

Snacks on Speechmaking:

-Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.

-Do not saw the airtoo much with your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, the whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

-Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor: suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special o'erstep not the modesty of nature: for any thing so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.

-O, reform it altogether. And let those that play your clowns speak no more than is set down for them; for there be of them that will themselves laugh, to set on some quantity of barren spectators to laugh too; though, in the mean time, some necessary question of the play be then to be considered: that's villanous, and shows a most pitiful ambition in the fool that uses it.

-Go, make you ready.
fotografia courtesy of reuters.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

W. Snack

A movie poster for W.


A dear friend of mine from Phoenix, Alex Petrusek, is a new columnist this year with Arizona State University's newspaper, The State Press. I have decided to re-distribute some of his columns for those of us who are not privileged enough to be amidst his words on a regular basis.

Facing a bright future by questioning

Published On:Wednesday, August 27, 2008

You and I live in charmed circumstances.

The very lifestyle you were born into has afforded you the ability to attend this University, to pick up the very paper you hold right now and see these words I have written for you to read. In comparison to most of the world, we are all very lucky to be where we are today.

Strangely, despite it all, despite the air conditioning, the latest technology from Apple and all the gourmet coffee we can drink, I cannot ignore the undertone of desperate disconnect and unhappiness in this affluent world, in this University/city/state/nation you and I share.

Marriages are failing, isolation grows and people are becoming more and more inept at basic human interaction. We continue to pay an emotional price for having more and doing less.

Yet, in the ever-false façade of the American dream, I see more and more cracks forming, more and more plaster falling away to reveal the raw, emotional, beating heart that lies beneath.

That heart is strong, and it is beautiful. It is the heart that provides for love, compassion, honor, generosity and everything else worth preserving in the human condition.

But that heart has been abused, ignored, even forgotten, because of years of material prosperity, ill-fated conflict, cold war, terrorism and the constant fear that at one point, at any point, our lives could be taken away in an instant.

Fear, hate, greed and apathy have corroded the quality of our lives for too long.

As young people in this country, we inherited a system of government, a culture and a society we did not ask for. We did not ask for poverty, for massive debt or low-quality education, for broken homes or emotional immaturity. It has been handed to us.

But we have our youth, and we cannot allow our collective hearts to become embittered, as has happened to generations before. The future is bright, and the distance between the desperation of the present and the enlightenment of tomorrow is much less than it appears.

The aim of my column this semester is to offer a questioning of the deeper aspects of our collective experience — the questions about life that I have found no extant four-year university can inspire.

If we really are the future of this country, it is reliant upon us, and only us, to arm ourselves — not with weapons, but with the required intellect and emotional maturity to handle the rapid changes that will confront all of our futures.

And in this task, I hope I may be of service.

Alex can be reached by e-mail at

Wasilla Snack

Courtesy of our own Prague Agog, Max Reuben:

It is a website that lists various things that contain as many people as the great Alaskan town of Wasilla, home of my Auntie Pola and the ever-infamous Governor Sarah Palin. Pictured above, a giant LAN party in Texas that attracted 6,000 people.

Paint Snack

If playing with words are not your style, then perhaps playing with pollock paint is.

Word Snack

Need to get your creative and/or writerly juices flowing? Never look back with the helpful nudges and hints this website provides. They all come in the form of


Subject: A Rebirth of Snacks

Originally Sent June 20, 2008

Snacks, Literally

cheese fondue
Recipe from Gourmet Magazine, 1966.
Servings: About 6


1 garlic clove, halved crosswise
1 1/2 cups dry white wine (preferably Swiss, such as Fendant)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons kirsch
1/2 lb Emmental cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)
1/2 lb Gruyère , coarsely grated (2 cups)

Accompaniment: cubes of French bread on fondue forks or long wooden skewer
Special equipment: a fondue pot
-Rub inside of a 4-quart heavy pot with cut sides of garlic, then discard garlic.
-Add wine to pot and bring just to a simmer over moderate heat.
-Stir together cornstarch and kirsch in a cup.
-Gradually add cheese to pot and cook, stirring constantly in a zigzag pattern (not a circular motion) to prevent cheese from balling up, until cheese is just melted and creamy (do not let boil).
-Stir cornstarch mixture again and stir into fondue.
-Bring fondue to a simmer and cook, stirring, until thickened, 5 to 8 minutes.
-Transfer to fondue pot set over a flame and serve with bread for dipping.
fotografia courtesy of googlegooglegoogle


Subject: A Rebirth of Snacks
Originally Sent June 20, 2008

Most Ev'rybody

Loves Somebody, so why not

Call them, and tell them?

Saturday, September 20, 2008


One of my recent Snacks was actually a Snack Package- a Snackage, if you will! Many snacks, compromised of events, snagged poetry, et cet.  I shall break it up into a few manageable bits for these reentries.

Subject: A Rebirth of Snacks
Originally Sent June 20, 2008

Tiny Snack
I don't know who Jelaluddin Rumi is but his birth name was Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi and he said

"Reason is powerless in the expression of Love."

an unLogged and quasistrange additive to this idea:

Muppet Snack

by Brooks Barnes

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Text Snack

McSweeney's Snack

Jane AustenTries Her Hand at Advertising.
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Mr. Clean? Of the Derbyshire Cleans?

An Army of One ... Dishonorable Man Who Is No Longer Invited to Our Private Balls.

The Best Part of Living in a Claustrophobic Society With Little to No Social Mobility Where Individuals Are Valued for Their Land and Yearly Income ... Is Folgers in Your Cup.

Maybe She's Born With It. Maybe She's Destined for Spinsterhood.

Dude, You're Getting a Carriage.
quasifotografia courtesy of McSweeney's

Schnabel Snack

Harmonic Convergence: When Julian Met Plácido
by Charles McGrath

Julian Schnabel was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera to paint a portrait of Plácido Domingo wearing a cape and things. Plácido Domingo is my favorite of The Three Tenors. Julian Schnabel is a painter who directed The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

fotografia courtesy of Richard Perry for


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bitter Snack

A few readers' reviews of East Village French Bistro Tree, thanks to

Posted by Party Peter on 07/09/2007

Get out of me Tree

Tree is a place that brings one back to the way New York City is supposed to be. For the trust fund brats, for the hedge fund cronies, for the rest of the scum that expects their every whim to be catered to beyond their deserving, this is not the place for you. The service will not accommodate your asinine, high, pompous thoughts of how special you are. After all, there are places made for you, go there. Tree is a place where one may come to be a part of a family, eat spectacular food from Andy, and enjoy a little pot of gold (or wine) from Column. As of late, New York City has been infested with mediocrity. There are festering brats who move here to be cool and bring down those who have been home here for more than twenty years. If you are of the latter, Tree is the place for you. If you are of the former, go back where you came from, you'll be cool there. This is not a place where your trust makes you special. At Tree, you are special if you can appreciate. The garden is spectacular. The waitresses are an eclectic and adorable assortment of girls who, when treated in kind, are only too happy to accommodate any reasonable request. As it is yet six months old and packed most nights, start up success jitters are to be expected. There is a reason they are packed so close to their opening. The food is some of the best anywhere near the price range anywhere near New York City. The selection of wine is exceptionally reasonable. The service, as it should be, is doing a great job in keeping up with the demands of such a small kitchen. The atmosphere is quite homey, New York charm on the inside, and wonderfully airy in the garden. Tree is a family who will stick together and welcome you with open arms if you are deserving. They do well with or without you, so that deserving must be earned. You cannot expect it simply because you are using Daddy's visa (they don't take Visa anyway, so you'll have to get a cash advance before you go).

Posted by Trustfundbaby on 07/13/2007

WowI just hope I'm never at a party Peter's at. He's got issues. Call me Pete-I'll spot you a 20 for dessert...x
fotografia courtesy of

Monday, September 15, 2008


Originally emailed February 26, 2008

Subject: A Snack I Found in Baackstage Magazine

"creative capital, a new york-based nonprofit orgaization, is accepting grant applications for work in emerging fields, innovative literature, or the performing arts. The deadline is March 4th. Submissions must include an inquiry form regarding your project and how, in conjunction with the grant, it will be catalytic for your artistic and professional growth; the influences that inform your work and how it takes an inventive and original approach to form and content; a basic budget; the audience for your project; and only possible presenting venues. For more information and guidelines, visit "

The interesting thing about this snacklog- it pertained to a deadline, and upon my further investigation, a grant provided for artists 25 and older. well, gee golly shucks.

Muddy Snack


1. an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
2. a situation from which extrication is very difficult.
3. anything soft or flabby.
What is your quagmire?
fotografia courtesy of

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Overheard Snack

"(six-year-old boy tries to cross street against traffic)
Father, grabbing boy's hand: Whoa, little man! That's dangerous!
Six-year-old boy: Daddy, I eat danger for breakfast.
--Ocean & Newkirk, Brooklyn"

Daily Shnack

The Huffington Post has posted the MOST HILARIOUS THING
and because my computer at work is silly, I can't post the actual video here.
Those Daily Show-ers are in line with The Brilliants.

Life Snack

by Theresa Brown
warning: this article is, in parts, incredibly graphic. the end paragraph, however, had me in tears realization? not quite sure. but all of this confusion, at work.
fotografia courtesy of googlegooglegoogle

Exploding Snack

Thank you Scoville for the linky.

Wiki Snack- Hiatus


"Hiatus may refer to:
A period of time where one is on a break
A break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc. (See recess)
Hiatus (anatomy), a natural fissure in a structure
A small difference in pitch between two musical tones (see Interval (music))
Hiatus (linguistics), a phonological term referring to the lack of a consonant separating two vowels in separate syllables, as in co-operation
Hiatus (television), a break of several weeks in television scheduling
Hiatus (band), a Belgian crustcore band
A euphemism for unemployment
"Hiatus" (30 Rock), an episode of the television series 30 Rock "

fotografia courtesy of googlegooglegoogle