I was delighted when I heard this song on NPR because of the unexpectedness of it. It starts out fairly simply with a fast shuffle drum and swirling guitars. Then comes in a deep, very synthy sounding keyboard playing a simple and straightforward riff. All of this instrumental section lasts nearly a minute and a half (of a 4 minute song). Then the vocals come in. A very deep (and wholly unexpected) voice sings a few words and is quickly followed up by a female voice singing quicker vocal lines, almost speeding up the song.
Amason is a Swedish band (with members connected to nearly every Swedish alt rock band you’ve ever heard of). And like a lot of Swedish music, it is super catchy but somehow just a little different, which keeps it interesting. I want to hear more from them (although when you search them, you have to keep saying, no I am not looking for “Amazon”).
[READ: September 6, 2014] “Lobsters”
Lucky Peach 11 was the “All You Can Eat” Issue. So the issue focused a lot on buffets (don’t feel compelled to get your money’s worth, you’ll only get sick). But there was also some interesting twists about all the things you could eat if you were so inclined.
My favorite article was from Mark Ibold, about Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and the amazing buffets you can find in Lancaster. He recommends the popular but for worth it Dienner’s on Lincoln Highway East (next to a fake revolving windmill!). Lisa Hanawalt’s illustrated stories have also become a favorite. This one is set in Las Vegas, with all that that implies.
There’s a tremendous article on Quebec and the stunning foods of the French Canadians, and a very funny article called “Decision Fatigue Related Eating” how as you get tired your food choices suffer as well (WINGS Fri-DAAAAY!”). There’s a lengthy article about crashing weddings in the country of Georgia (where you will likely be invited to a wedding even if it’s your first day there).
There’s several recipes with the main ingredient of celery. Peter Meehan opens with a very funny set up “There are things one can never seem to buy in appropriate quantities at the grocery store…. Celery’s natural packaging comes in one size: more than you can eat…. It’s cheap and it last forever so you buy a whole head…. be honest: isn’t there always a nearly complete head of celery heading toward middle age in the crisper?” This is followed by some possibly good celery recipes.
And then for some darker articles, there’s a look at cooking in prison (which evidently was also shown in Orange is the New Black). As well as a food truck run by former prisoners.
There were also three Classic AYCE Challenges: Eat one tablespoon of cinnamon all at once. [No, thank you]. Eat six saltines in under a minute without drinking anything [No, I don’t think that’s possible]. Drink a gallon of milk in an hour. [Although I’m unlikely to try, I feel like I could do that, or certainly could have in college].
In addition to a large serving of recipes, there’s also the fiction.
“Lobsters” starts with two boys and their mom as they sit down to dinner. Their dad is out, as he usually is. They have a rule that on Thursdays the narrator (and younger brother) gets to choose what they have for dinner. On Tuesdays the older brother gets to choose (he is slightly more upscale, but mom’s major rule is that she will make it but there can be no more than 8 ingredients).
On this particular Thursday they had a fairly disgusting (even the narrator admits) onion-burger soup. His brother refused to eat it (and made all kinds of dramatic proclamations about its grossness), so he gave all of it to the narrator.
There’s a strange moment as the narrator thinks about the rabbit that he has to dissect in school. I don’t really see this connecting to the rest of the story because shortly after that, the boy’s father comes in. He is wet and carrying a bag. When he dumps it over, 4 lobsters (with rubber banded claws) crawl out onto the floor. We learn through the narrator that his father is often stealing things—he once stole a canoe out of Sears. He put a piece of paper in his mouth and walked out purposefully. He told the family no one knows what a guy who bought a canoe looks like, so no one asked him any questions.
So the narrator is convinced he stole these lobsters—he certainly didn’t get them from the ocean. His dad makes a racket looking for a pot. The he begins to cook them. The narrator explains to him that they already ate, but the dad sniffs at the disgusting smell from dinner and keeps on cooking, raving about how good this will be.
The story feels like this was just a typical few minutes in a house that has little in the way of happiness. The story ends with the parents arguing and then laughing. It’s quite a sad little story with very little room for redemption.
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