Saturday morning grocery.

Kale has jumped the shark.


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51 responses to “Saturday morning grocery.”

  1. beb said on November 16, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    “Jumped the shark”? You mean it has become ricidulous and self-absorbed?

    According to The Gawker former special prosecutor Ken Starr, who was so indignate that pres. Clinton got a BJ is less conserved that some child molester he knows.
    And the thing is that Starr is only one of many high powered people come to the man’s defense.

    Also — The Health Sherpas
    Civic minded programmers who have put together a site that can find you what coverage and subsidies are available to you. It just can’t sign you up. Which seems to prove that the problem with was hiring the same old-same old companies to write the damn thing.

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  2. brian stouder said on November 16, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Beb – that gawker article points to a flat-out disgrace.

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  3. David C. said on November 16, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    20 billion dollars doesn’t go as far as it used to.

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  4. Deborah said on November 16, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I bought some kale at the Lincoln Park green market, way, way less than a pound and it cost $3.

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  5. Minnie said on November 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’ve got eight kale seedlings in the garden. Who knew they’d be my cash crop?

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  6. Sherri said on November 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t know where this video comes from, but Google Translate tells me the caption reads “It was clearly not his day!”:

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  7. Prospero said on November 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Isn’t Kale a NASCAR driver or something?

    Deborah@4: I love mussels, always have, an no it isn’t because of what they look like almost exactly. I used to buyt them by the multilbs. at J. Hook fishmarket on Ft. Point Sound in Boston (almost the dangerous wilds of Southie). Five lbs. ran about $1. Om the rare occasion they show up here in a good market, they are closer to $6/lb. Damn. I got superb looking aparegrass at the farmer’s market this am and just a few days ago got one of those fancy sparegrass standup steamers from a restaurant supply, So I’ going fishing tomorrow and spent some time batecasting. Them shrimps been procreating ;ike brown bunnies. Filled up the live baiteell and have about 2lbs. to spare. So I pounded out a pork sirloin roast and rolled it up with shrimp and toasted ciabatta stuffing, tossed with the OCPtrinity and hot chile infused olive oil. Braising the roast in Yellow Tail chardonnay. The chardonnay is thicker and stickier than drier whites, I think, and I’m no wine snob, but Monty Python notwithstanding, Yellow Tail produces many fine varietals in my opinion. At least I always find them tasty for the price. A’ course, the prices are going up like they did for Kale amnd mussels. Come to think of it, I’ve had kale and mussel soup in a couple of dive bar Portugee fishermen hangout types of places around PTown, Orleans and Chatham. With some chorico of course. Fine combination, and unless you plan on a huge cruet of roquefort dressing, far and away the best a la mode for consuming kale. Sorry, but why treat kale as a vegabe in it’s own right when theri is perfecty delicious spinach readily available? The Great Kale Scare, as Martin Mull, one of the funniest SOBs not named Richard Pryor or George Carlin that was ever born might say, the overlords are just getting you ready for the time when all food is bryophyta, but at least it won’t be people. Not long till all food is kelp. I imagine it can be fermented, so what the hey.

    And any of y’all that find yourselves lucky enough to be in Boston, check out the lobster rolls at J. Hooks Not dead for more than a few minutes, practically seviche). It’s right next to the Teaparty (the real one that included some Wampanoags who could not past modern TP purity test muster) and, even better, the Boston Children’s Museum. Then walk down the street about a mile and cross over to Cambridge for the Science Museum with the amazing Van der Graaf generator show. I mean a reaal generator, not the 60s band that may have been a foavorite of coozledad’s back in the day. I couldn’t say for sure, but VDGG mau have been the inspiration for Chris Guest’s funniest movie (they do sort of look like druids bereft having awakened in the 20th C.):

    David C@3: I get brake nises occasionally, until I adjust them, but my tires have never said a word. And people think I’m nuts for spending the $35 a pop on the Kevlar jobs.

    I’m still working on the somewhat propritary assumption that kale can be smoked or consumed through an atomizer to salubrious effect.

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  8. Kevin said on November 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    I will be so glad when the vogue for kale is over and we can stop pretending it’s palatable. Turnip, spinach, collard and mustard greens all can be delicious, but I have yet to try kale in any form that’s decent.

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  9. brian stouder said on November 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Heart of palm, baby; heart of palm

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  10. Prospero said on November 16, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Sherri@6: That big vat in your video reminds me of Guy Grand, he’s a grand guy, and I bet you have scenes Terry Southern’s second best movie. It was also the source of an absolute smash hit brilliant popsong by Badfinger, unless it was by the Walrus. If you want to treat me like a shit, fine, but I wqs a superb athlete in HS. I ran a 4:47 mile That is [retty much astoundi g, I’d say. Think you cculd run tht?bI doubt it.

    Sherri. I find your observations revelatory, and I almost like that you almost might more know about sports than I do. You didn’t p;;ay. I woud have knocked yourass ut. Then You don’t know the Lord of the Fliesinsanity with little kids will go after each other.. This seems sad and I hope it’s not true, But I was brought up to believe fo siste5s could ever care about each other as I care about my Maste f the Universe tht has more money than all of uw will pass along.

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  11. alex said on November 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    If there were a hell, Ken Starr would have a special place in it boiling in oil alongside Dick Cheney.

    Brian, to answer your question from the last thread, yes sneakers strung over utility wires is how gangs mark their turf. A woman of my acquaintance who found some sneakers on the lines over her backyard refused to believe me when I told her so. Of course, this is the same woman who told me that she didn’t vote for Obama because his Harvard Law diploma is a forgery. I guess if you can have your head that far up your ass, you’re gonna think those guys dealing dope in your alley all night are just the neighborhood watch volunteers.

    I think kale is a lovely cool season ornamental plant. That’s about the only use I have for it.

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  12. Kirk said on November 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Kale does not taste good, nor do Yellowtail wines.

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  13. Deborah said on November 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Here’s what I like to do with kale: chop it up in a salad with sliced raw brussel sprouts, some red onion, walnuts and bacon with a dressing made with olive oil, lemon, dijon mustard and a tiny splash of pumpkin seed oil. It’s really good, honest. Another thing to do with kale is to spray it very lightly with olive oil, then roast it spread out on a flat pan until crispy, sea salt it to taste. It makes a great snack, much better than potato chips in my mind. I roast it until it’s almost burnt. This bunch of kale that I bought today is going in a quiche with leeks and gruyere, maybe some sun dried tomato in there too.

    Tonight we have to go to a black tie event for a work related thing for my husband I’m already dressed for it, waiting for my him to finish getting ready (now there’s a switch). I’ve got my Spanks on because it’s what you do when you get dressed up, high heels too. Hopefully we’ll leave early. I haven’t been dressed up for ages

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  14. Deborah said on November 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Kirk, I have to agree with you about Yellowtail wines.

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  15. brian stouder said on November 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Which green leafy stuff is it that tastes like soap?

    Deborah – having seen the great images from your hands-on/work-clothed odyssey earlier this year, one can only imagine how sharp you must look when you dress for that effect!

    Although I confess, the first thing I thought of when you indicated you were waiting for your husband to finish preparing for the black tie event was the Everybody Loves Raymond episode where Debra gets a curling iron stuck in her hair, and Ray makes the disastrous decision to go without her

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  16. susan said on November 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Brian (#15), that green leafy stuff that tastes like soap is cilantro. What’s strange to me is how wonderful and un-soap-like the seeds from that plant are: coriander.

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  17. Linda said on November 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Costco has a premixed salad of kale,sliced brussel sprouts, and other things and a poppy seed dressing. My kale and brussel sprout hating bro in law loves it. Because my sis hides the list of ingredients.

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  18. alex said on November 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Cilantro tastes like soap depending on your genetic makeup. Some like it, some detest it. It has to do with certain enzymes in your body. I love the stuff but my dad hates it. Luck of the draw, I guess. He likes snatch, I like dick.

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  19. brian stouder said on November 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thread win for Alex!! (and I myself can identify with the Mayor of Toronto!)

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  20. Brandon said on November 17, 2013 at 1:25 am

    I will be so glad when the vogue for kale is over and we can stop pretending it’s palatable. Turnip, spinach, collard and mustard greens all can be delicious, but I have yet to try kale in any form that’s decent. –8.Kevin said on November 16, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    …Another thing to do with kale is to spray it very lightly with olive oil, then roast it spread out on a flat pan until crispy, sea salt it to taste. It makes a great snack, much better than potato chips in my mind. …–13.Deborah said on November 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Kevin, I know a guy who detests collard greens. He probably finds them bitter. Deborah, I’ve also roasted kale. It’s comparable to nori. What I’d like to try is sauteed greens for breakfast.

    Two thousand and thirteen is the year of kale and twerking. Both crazes will die down but kale is nutritious and delicious, and twerking is an elemental dance.

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  21. MichaelG said on November 17, 2013 at 1:40 am

    My EX had a great Brazilian recipe for kale that she used to serve with feijoada. It was yummy.

    Yellow Tail is cheap Ozzie plonk, They have a premium brand which is OK but that’s about it.

    I love cilantro and I love snatch. Where does that put me?

    Deborah, there is no doubt in my mind that you are the loveliest and most elegant woman at that function.

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  22. MichaelG said on November 17, 2013 at 1:58 am

    A while back Cooz posted a video of twerking on his blog that sets to rest forever the false impression that Miley Cyrus is able to twerk. She has no booty.

    Kale is loaded with all kinds of healthy stuff, it’s a relative of cabbage.

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  23. Deborah said on November 17, 2013 at 7:57 am

    The black tie event was meh as I expected, bad music, bad food, the usual. It was at the Ritz, only about a block and a half from where we live so we walked, but of course it was raining so I got my Stuart Weitzman heels kinda messed up, I don’t wear them much anymore and they’re nearly ten years old so who cares.

    It is unseasonably warm right now in Chicago, but rainy and there are supposed to be thunderstorms coming, maybe hail and even tornados. Probably no walking today.

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  24. coozledad said on November 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Alex, Michael G.:

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  25. David C. said on November 17, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Kale is good, but only from our own garden. The key is to let the frost nip it. That really sweetens it up.

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  26. nancy said on November 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I like kale best when it’s incorporated into other stuff — I do a great roasted-veg pasta with kale, a baked beans with kale, smoothies with kale, etc. Collards need po’k fat to be good, imo.

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  27. brian stouder said on November 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Today is supposed to be an interesting weather-day, across NN.c-land

    The Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, OK has placed a high risk for severe weather over our entire viewing area.
    A moderate risk for our area is not very common. It only happens once or twice a year, and this is the first time it’s ever been issued for our area this late in fall. A high risk is very rare and most areas of the country will not see one in any given season. In fact, since the 1980s, only 4 high risks have been issued – each of them resulted in a minimum of 17 tornadoes. This threat should be taken very seriously!

    Aside from that, the cartoon Cooz linked to still has me chuckling, although I’m not sure what the fellow is taking to prison…

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  28. Danny said on November 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Kale is fine. My wife made a wonderful kale salad the other night with shredded carrots, cucumber, onion, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice and some seasonings.

    This story popped up in San Diego about a missing persons cold case that is now a murder investigation.

    The whole family was found in a shallow grave in the desert about 100 miles north of their home. An author who had just released a book on the case this year about said that in light of recent developments, he has pulled his book from Amazon and is offering refunds for anyone who bought it. That is very upstanding, to say the least.

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  29. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Po’k fat makes everything , including Bruckel sprouks, better. Personally, I can make a whole dinner out of Brussels sprouts and a few Yukon gold finger taters. And smoked turkey wings are good to go to make collards tasty, at least down south. Side meat is best, and really thick bacon will also serve. People down this way have been eating kale forever, the indigenous variety. We just call it poke salet, grows out by the swampy area on the way to the marsh and it’s free for the taking. Like those spotted bass my bud and I killed earlier today. Fishing vs. hunting? They are fish for Godsake. Do they have brains? And, hell, we give them nice big brown shrimp to eat before we kill ’em, and eventually, we eat everything we kill. I still wouldn’t shoot Bambi with a gun pointed at my temple.

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  30. Danny said on November 17, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Man, those kids were darling. How sad.

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  31. jcburns said on November 17, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I beg your pardon, Shark has jumped the kale.

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  32. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Read this shit and tell me GOPers didn’t finally figure out how to fuck up a website. Yeah. They are astoundingly obtuse. but blind pigs find truffles. Aholes were so giddy at finally getting something right on the net, they couldn’t help but expose themselves You know they did it and you know they have most of the cash in the world. You know nothing drives them more insane than Billy Ray Valentine in the White House. Current GOPers are neither sane nor Christian, they are Satan’s minions. What sort of crime is hacking the operations of the Federal Government, and how long can the miscreants be imprisoned? Even moor important. Can they be executed? They shouldd be, but who gives a shit? Bunch of rotting meat anyway.

    Another reason hipsters suck.

    Danny@30: Huh? Was it the cartels? Were they headless? Are all Mexicans rabid killers? Does building the wall make any sense at all? Is Pat Buchanon sane?

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  33. MichaelG said on November 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Re Prospero’s free Kale: We used to have watercress growing in the creek by our house in Auburn. It was very good but we had to be quick because Vietnamese women would materialize from thin air, coolie hats and all, and pick the place clean. Three or four of them standing in the creek, butts in the air plucking away. I never knew how they found our creek or where they came from.

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  34. Deborah said on November 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My husband told me as a kid he and his siblings used to pick wild asparagus out of the ditches around the town they grew up in.

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  35. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    MichaelG: I have et poke salet at many a goat roast while buying from the Sunday bootlegger in Athens GA. I think there might be something in calling it wild kale and marketing as “free range”. One thing it most certainly not is “sala”, any more than the poseur Elvis should have been stealing Tony Joe White’s songs in the fat 70s.

    And what I said about GOP and FUBARing a website, I’d like to amend by adding “somebody else’s, on purpose”.

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  36. Dexter said on November 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Turnips. Peeled, boiled, salt & peppered, dotted with a little evoo and a pat of butter…or smashed up like mashed potatoes. Can I get a witness? Last night I finally saw CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s Destinations episode: Detroit. Lots of coverage on D’s urban gardens…lots of footage of The News’s Charlie Leduff driving Anthony around town in his beat Checker cab…I know Charlie Leduff takes a beating here at nn dot com, but his offbeat reporting is interesting, at least to me.

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  37. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I love turnips, the big suckers you risk your live to peel.

    Seems to me the question about Charlie LeDuff is “Is he real or is he Barnicle?” Or Nancy Grace, who shamelessly invented her own Superwoman origin story that was an absolute crock of shit.

    MAybe somebody should plant kale all over Central Park, Gubmint wouldn’t have to spend so much on feeding poors. But that might be the nanny state.

    Sorry Danny, I missed your original post about the dead family. I thought you were making some Goober-nor Brewski point that I didn’t get the point of. I apologize.

    With a buck 42 in the 1st Half, Loins lead Steelers. Stafford has 13 for 20 for 275 yds.

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  38. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Meant Barnacle.

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  39. Deborah said on November 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Maybe someone here already mentioned this, Doris Lessing has died. I remember reading The Golden Notebook and thinking that I was highly influenced by it, but now I can’t remember much about it. I would like to read her lighthearted book about cats.

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  40. Charlotte said on November 17, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I’m so mad about the NY Times obit for Doris Lessing — they plopped a great big Harold Bloom misogyny turd in the middle of it. Fuck Harold Bloom.

    One of the things I loved best about Lessing was how she kept writing *different* books — the Canopus in Argo series wasn’t my cup of tea, but I loved the Golden Notebook, the Children of Violence series, and the two volumes of her memoirs (she wrote the 3rd as a novel). And the Jane Somers books that she published under a pseudonym … looks like the son who lived with her died a month ago as well. Survived by one of the two children she abandoned in South Africa all those decades ago. A fascinating, complicated woman …

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  41. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Unless somebody digs up JG Ballard and props him at a keyboard, or talks Margaret Atwood into it, there most likely will not be a fitting RIP for Doris Lessing. Maybe Terry Pratchett could take the job, when he isn’t sundowning, or Michael Moorcock when he has a vaca from Hawkwind. I loved The Golden Notebook, it’s been a boon to my life in the world with women, and I read and enjoyed most of the Canopus series, although it’s a slog at times. In my opinion, if Ms. Lessing was a feminist, she was largely doing feminism for men.

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  42. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    The remake of the Everly’s album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us by Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, with Ms. Jones on the high lonesome Phil vocals sounds like a winner to me. What a great idea. Easily the best music Phil and Don ever made:

    First time I realized Billy Joe wasn’t just an obnoxious snot-nosed poseur:

    I’m praying that Sister Re’s weight loss has resulted from healthier eating and not illness.

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  43. MarkH said on November 17, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Wow. All you nn.c folks in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The weather looks vile. Hope you all are safe. Let us know what is going on.

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  44. Dexter said on November 17, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Scary as hell but so far the hellishness has mostly avoided us here in Bryan, Ohio.

    As part of an unlikely double-header, Toledo’s PBS station just aired the Heidi Ewing / Rachel Gray Detroit docu, “Detropia”, which I had not seen yet. Coupled with the Bourdain “Destinations” episode I watched very early today, I am now immersed in thought about Detroit. “Detropia” was downright demoralizing. Damn.

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  45. Charlotte said on November 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Prospero — ask and ye shall receive — Margaret Atwood on Lessing:

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  46. Deborah said on November 17, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    We had a doozy of a storm here in Chicago as anyone watching the Bears game knows. Lots of wind, lightning and thunder, and 68 degrees. I couldn’t see any damage from my perch on the 27th floor with floor to ceiling windows.

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  47. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 17, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Charlotte, my word choice would be different, but I agree with you that Harold Bloom has passed his sell-by date.

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  48. Danny said on November 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I fly to Illinois in the morning! Up at 3 AM So Cal time. Yee Haw!

    Prospero/MichaelJ, thanks for the apology, brother. I was wondering what you had read to set you off. Not everything is Us vs. Them. Take care and have a good week, my friend.

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  49. Prospero said on November 17, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I’d like to ask the advertising character that chose this song for a Jeep Cherokee ad what was the thinking behind the choice. It makes my day when the ad comes on. Not Don Draper, that’s for damn sure. This is some fine guitar playing and strong vocal.

    Anybody think this is the way America is supposed to work? Money-based oligarchy?

    Lessing and Atwood = soul sisters. Or Messiah and apostle. Or Jane Fonda and Meryl Streep. Nah.I find Atwood the superior writer, but Lessing is absolutely fascinating. I always thought of the two as contemporaries, but Atwood is only 73 when Lessing has died at 93 or 4. That is a wonderful essay on Doris Lessing by Margaret Atwood that Charlotte linked to. Exceptionally graceful writing. Reminded me of what Patti Smith and others wrote about Lou Reed in the current RS. I’d say Mitch Albom ought to take a lesson about how to write about the departed, but as Lou would say, “That’s a slim chance, he’s goin’ to the boulevard.”

    This redemption of the governor Walking Dead edition is perplexing, in a very good way. Anybody watch Witches of East End? Pretty good show with some very good actors. Sort of Charmed minus bimbette factor. Also, credit to the writers for naming the two young witches Freia and Ingrid. Nothing beats guilty pleasure Sunday night TeeVee.

    And batten down the hatches in the midwest y’all. Prayers to Ss. Vitus, Gregory and Brendan for y’all to be safe in the wind and storms.

    Consider the kind of language football coaches resort to on sidelines in stressful situations. A ref named Penn Wagers who had his Cheerios pissed in by somebody connected to UGA, called a 15 yd. penalty on Mark Richt, the mildest mannered coach on the planet, for telling him that a blown fumble recovery call in Auburn’s favor yesterday was “crap”. Crap, Penn? When that bastard dies, my brother Mark and I are driving to a cemetary somewhere in the south to urinate on his grave. The two horrendous calls gave the Barn a chance to win on the luckiest catch I’ve ever seen. Can’t get too upset, losing five receivers, the entire D-backfield and the best running back in the US for four games, and his nearly as good sub for the season, it was pretty much shot to hell. Hearing about FLA’s injuries is a riot. They don’t have players as good as the injured UGA players.

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  50. Brandon said on November 18, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I had no idea about Doris Lessing. R.I.P.

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  51. Hattie said on November 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The kale has sailed. I can’t digest it anyway. I do not care what people say. It is not food.

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