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Sensing the Presence of Vinegar: Food Poetry

(A squalid detail to put behind us: “vichyssoise” is misspelled in the review as “vichysoisse.” Slipshod, to be sure, but my esteem for Pete Wells’s writing remains intact. Even Homer nodded.) Pete Wells said once that when he became restaurant … Continue reading

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Less Democrazy, More Malumacy: El señor Fútbol señala al insigne artista colombiano

“I will say something which is crazy, but less democracy is sometimes better for organizing a World Cup. When you have a very strong head of state, that is easier for us organizers.” (FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke, 2013) Nota … Continue reading

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Is Soccer Sick? I Keep Hearing of Catarrh

“We all have difficult lives…” (Infantino) Bent like Beckham, rich as Croesus.This Bud’s for you, now let ‘em fleece us.He marinated in the sauce,pronounced himself the biggest boss.“I’m fed up with your utter gall.Zip it now and kick the ball.” … Continue reading

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Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Sober Soccer

“I feel 200 percent in control of this World Cup.” (FIFA lord Gianni Infantino) With four games per day in the opening group stage, all played in what is effectively a single city-state, Infantino said the movement of large groups … Continue reading

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The Charm of Sharm Is Lost Upon the Gentleperson from Sweden

“It’s like being in Las Vegas, but somehow worse.” (Swedish COP27 Delegate) It’s possible the fossil-lobby-infested, desultory yak-a-thon held at a glittering tourist watering hole in The Tonino Lamborghini International Convention Center — let me repeat that for its delicious … Continue reading

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The Zephyr Soughs My True Love’s Name: Saoirse… Saoirse… Saoirse…

Step aside, Italian. Fair English, most mellifluous of tongues, is queen of poesy and opera. (c) 2022 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

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Bedrock: The Oyster

“Oysters are the bedrock for the vitality of our bays along the mid and upper Texas coast… They are essential to the health of our fish and wildlife, water quality, commercial and recreational fishing, tourism and coastal economies.” (Carter Smith, … Continue reading

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Built Tough

‘Is there anybody here that really believes Joe Biden was legitimately elected?’ (Jim Marchant, Republican nominee for secretary of state in Nevada) Yes. (This American) (Jamelle Bouie, “This Is What Happens When … ,” New York Times, 10-11-22) (c) 2022 … Continue reading

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The Nays of Texas Are Upon It

“Knowing truth is important. Right and wrong are truth, not feelings. And they are the same for everyone. Our creator is the source of the rules for right and wrong and they come from his character.” (Member of the public … Continue reading

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Breaking: Poetry in the Air?

Working head of state one day, gone the next. Sic transit gloria. An adoring contingent of Great Britain has lately felt its feelings in splendid public fashion for a queen whose reign exceeded average life expectancy in most of the … Continue reading

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