In Food and Drink on November 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Restaurant where patrons give their orders via old-fashioned pneumatic tube.


In Movies on October 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Movie inspired by songs like “Copacabana,” which no one really likes but which get stuck in your head permanently. A man, nearing middle age and down on his luck, blames one such song for every failure in his life. It seems that at every crucial moment requiring poise or confidence, he froze, unable to think of anything but the inane lyrics and obnoxious melody of that song. That big presentation at work, a court appearance, marriage proposal, etc. Feeling he has nothing left to lose, he resolves to track down the singer/songwriter and exact revenge. But when he finds him, the former star is broke and alone — and furthermore says that he too feels his life has been ruined by the song. He confesses that he stole it from his former mentor and never gave him credit; the song, he believes, is cursed, and only evil ever came of it. Together the two hard-up losers come up with a plan to redeem not just themselves, but the original songwriter, the song, and the millions around the world who have been annoyed by it.

In Literary on October 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Reference work for bookish people who can’t be bothered to learn the names of objects associated with the natural world, trades, architecture, etc. Book features illustrations of each object in alphabetical order, beneath which is not just a definition but an appropriate quotation from a great work of literature. Russian novels very helpful for alders, aspens, beeches and birches. Later Philip Roth a good source for bevels, flanges, socket wrenches, etc.