Since this week marked Shakespeare’s 450th birthday (apparently, and also his 398th death anniversary, but let’s not talk of that), I give you this – all* of the great Bard’s plays as three-panelled comics. It’s a reminder (albeit an unsurprising one) of how many of his plays ended in stabbings!
I loved this podcast by Jane Kramer and Dana Goodyear, where the two New Yorker food writers discuss the rise of our foodie culture. As a society, they say, we’re experiencing a particular foodie moment – we care so much more about our food, what goes into it, where it comes from – partly as a reaction to anxieties about the world at large, and our helplessness in the face of so many things we cannot do much about. I’m not sure I agree a 100% – if that were the case, the food during the peak of the cold war should have been a lot better, no? As scary as climate change is, the prospect of getting nuked by Kremlin somehow feels more immediate. Still, it’s well worth a listen.
Meanwhile, an academic paper (via The Browser) argues that restaurant reviews online are not just about evaluating restaurants, but also offer opportunities for “social discourse”. It’s long, and I only really read the introduction & conclusion – but it a few interesting insights emerged:
- Bad reviews are a way of coping with “service-related trauma”.
- Positive reviews of cheap restaurants are full of terms expressing “addiction” (to denote a craving for comfort food)
- Positive reviews of expensive restaurants abound with “the language of sensuality” as well as complex words – to show us as hedonistic and well-read.
Other bits & bobs
Xkcd gets it spot on, as always. The alt-text on this comic is the best! (If you’re on the phone, open up the comic, and long-press, like you would if you wanted to save the photo.. the alt-text will then pop up).
The 15-year old chef is making me feel terribly inadequate. He’s 15!!
These Minimalist Bollywood Posters are brilliant
This is going on my birthday, Christmas, and everything-else wishlist. As an aside, what a perfect name for a product! It’s what we all aspire to be… Mellow.
You can be anything you want to be, but you can’t be everything you want to be**
*well, almost all are covered in three panels; Henry VI, part 3 is in five panels. But Titus Andronicus needs only 1 panel, so I suppose it all evens out in the end.
**I tried looking for a source for this quote, the closest I could come to was David Allen, although he said “do” not “be”.
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