shameless self promotion, part 301 in a series
can you guess who picked out this outfit?

many things make a post

A many things post, a day early, simply because the links were stacking up and I have nothing more pressing for show-and-tell:

* David Sedaris on the Stadium Pal.

* Vote Silly in 2008: Michael Palin for President.

* For other children of the 1970s, how many of you remember reading lots of books about economic hard times? I also remember reading a gazillion books about broken families and families of choice. Which poses the larger question - maybe children's literature is the best way to figure out what is going on in any given culture at any given time?

* Even though I should know better, I can't resist The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Yes, I am ashamed.

* An inspired use for soiled disposable diapers.

* Athletes and Celiac Disease, from the NYT.

* Sock My Punks. This just seems like a project the knitting community ought to jump on.

* The Palin button I need. (NSFW if your workplace frowns on adult language.)

* This is really for my Dad (and anyone else, really, who likes sharp writing): Christopher Hitchens on America the Banana Republic

* Why it's always easily to blame the uterus and not the society, no matter what the data might tell you.

* This dress is made of awesome.

* Why did I not know about Strange Maps? Now that I do, thanks to Justine L., I feel all swoony. Here's two examples -- one involves sweet tea** and one involves words for fizzy drinks*** -- that will tell you why I swoon.


** I had no idea such a thing existed until we moved to Texas and were offered a choice between sweet and non by our good friends from Alabama. It was also from them that I learned what a biscuit should taste like. A revelation, really. 

*** Every semester I talk about slang/jargon with my Comm students and use the mid-South's tendency to call all sodas a "Coke" as an example. I then explain that you're then asked what kind of Coke you want, which could be a Sprite or  Dr. Pepper or RC. My students never believe me. Now I have proof!


I read those books, but never really thought about them being about economic hardship, and indeed never thought I was living in economic hardship, despite lining up in huge lines for gas, etc. And tonic. I still call it that. No matter what the silly map says.

I love the way David Sedaris says, "kicky."

I read those books and I sure as hell expected my adult life to be one of economic hardship. Didn't all GenXers? I thought that was supposed to be one of our unifying traits. I've spent my life expecting the worst, sometimes being pleasantly surprised, and sometimes being unpleasantly correct.

I remember especially the description of the fast-food place in "Ramona and Her Father."


I agree, could not have said it better myself. On the other hand, few people can say it as well as Hitchins.

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