Myth Happens - If you'll walk across my camera

Sovay
Date: 2012-03-03 11:32
Subject: If you'll walk across my camera
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Music:Billy Bragg & Wilco, "Ingrid Bergman"
Day before yesterday: I shoveled a lot of snow. I watched some classic Law & Order. I did my job. It was kind of a nothing day until I crashed unexpectedly in the evening and had to spend most of the night shooing Tiny Wittgenstein off the fruit bowl.

Yesterday: I got up, I did some more sorting of depressing papers, and then the day converted itself into awesome, because I met rushthatspeaks at Rodney's in Central Square and from there we discovered the Atomic Bean Café (which has lettering so artistic as to be nearly illegible, but they make a fine pistachio muffin), braved the unfamiliar buses of Somerville (I went to Sullivan Square once by accident and I don't want to do it again), and met up with gaudior at their new place (which turns out to be in an area I know quite well, I just didn't recognize it from the other end of the street). Fentiman's rose lemonade is absolutely astonishing, intensely rose-flavored without tasting like either a bath soap or those brittle candy flowers you get on certain cakes. It is a good thing I do not live around the corner from Hub Comics, because they have couches and the giant Winsor McCay. And I wound up the evening with derspatchel at Greek Corner on Mass. Ave. and a ten o'clock showing of From Russia with Love (1963) at the Somerville Theatre, and it is rather an understatement to say he's better company than T. Witt.

Then of course it took me nearly forty-five minutes to get home in the increasingly thickening snow, but it was worth it.

(Did I mention that Rush and I have agreed to make a Thompson turkey? Be with us, Robert Benchley, except when we're cooking with spirits.)

Today: I am going to the Ivy+ Fine Spirits Showcase with a group of lovely people who don't have livejournals and I have no idea if you will hear from me for the rest of the day, or if it will be in English when you do. But the Guardian has a newly discovered story by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Thank you, universe.
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moon_custafer
User: moon_custafer
Date: 2012-03-03 17:22 (UTC)
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I think James Beard also included a version of that turkey recipe in a collection. I've always wanted to try it, but I don't think the kitchen in my apartment, or even the entire apartment, is big enough to hold the ingredients and the team of people needed to prepare it.
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moon_custafer
User: moon_custafer
Date: 2012-03-03 17:28 (UTC)
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Oh - there's also a discussion here in which it is claimed that there's a typo in the original recipe and it should read 12 eggs, not 2.
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moon_custafer
User: moon_custafer
Date: 2012-03-03 18:30 (UTC)
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Darn - just spotted another hurdle: with so many diverse ingredients, at least two or three of my friends would have their allergy tickets punched by that recipe....
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Sovay: I Claudius
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 05:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconI Claudius
Oh - there's also a discussion here in which it is claimed that there's a typo in the original recipe and it should read 12 eggs, not 2.

I love that this recipe has a manuscript tradition.
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2012-03-03 17:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think I want to make this turkey as well.

It sounds as though Wittgenstein has proved a better-than-average tutelary spirit and protector. I approve.
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Sovay: Cho Hakkai: intelligence
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 05:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconCho Hakkai: intelligence
I think I want to make this turkey as well.

Friends, they may think it's a movement . . .

It sounds as though Wittgenstein has proved a better-than-average tutelary spirit and protector. I approve.

Today was also good. It involved a lot of alcohol and a lot of conversation, both interesting. I could get used to this again.
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Erik Amundsen
User: cucumberseed
Date: 2012-03-04 15:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I could get used to this again.

When I went to copy this, I accidentally set off a google search for these words. Top result: Glee fanfic. I'm sure that means something...

(Perhaps that there is a lot of fanfic on the internet, Erik?)

What I meant to say is that I hope you have the opportunity to used to it.
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Selkie
User: strange_selkie
Date: 2012-03-04 15:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What if they think we're both queers and they won't take either of us?
(also, so I don't have to commentspam the WHOLE post, it was Steingarten and he uses 12 eggs, not 2.)
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Sovay: Cho Hakkai: intelligence
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 18:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconCho Hakkai: intelligence
(also, so I don't have to commentspam the WHOLE post, it was Steingarten and he uses 12 eggs, not 2.)

Dude, comment-spam the post. What else is the internet for (when it's not porn)?

What if they think we're both queers and they won't take either of us?

Hee.
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Selkie
User: strange_selkie
Date: 2012-03-03 19:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have always threatened that turkey on people...

I think it would be advisable in this day and age to supplement the shopping list with a container of duckfat or schmalz, but other than that I say to you godspeed.
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Sovay: I Claudius
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 05:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconI Claudius
I have always threatened that turkey on people...

What, that you'll enlist them to help make it?

I think it would be advisable in this day and age to supplement the shopping list with a container of duckfat or schmalz, but other than that I say to you godspeed.

If we could find an actual butcher, I suspect we'd be all right. Otherwise, yeah. I'll never say no to duck.
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Selkie
User: strange_selkie
Date: 2012-03-04 14:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yep. Either Calvin Trillin or Jeffrey Steingarten had a nonfiction piece years ago about the process -- I believe the verdict was the skin was a lie, but the meat was God's truth -- and I was fascinated. I'll look it up.
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L'Ignota: books
User: lignota
Date: 2012-03-03 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconbooks
had to spend most of the night shooing Tiny Wittgenstein off the fruit bowl.

I realize that's a bad thing, but you've made it sound utterly adorable.

Rodney's is in fact amazing. I am so glad they were able to save the place when they nearly shut down last year.
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Sovay: Rotwang
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 06:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconRotwang
I realize that's a bad thing, but you've made it sound utterly adorable.

Thank you. I do kind of wish I could draw that.

Rodney's is in fact amazing. I am so glad they were able to save the place when they nearly shut down last year.

Yes. I wish I had more opportunity to be in Central Square without making a trip of it. On the other hand, at least this way I'm not sinking all my money into used books.

(I miss McIntyre & Moore.)
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Josh: Octopus
User: schreibergasse
Date: 2012-03-03 19:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconOctopus
Did I mention that Rush and I have agreed to make a Thompson turkey?

No. No, you did not.
I am going to come to...whatever occasion you're serving this at. If I am in Heidelburg, if I am in an undisclosed location under Annex 1, if I have discovered a new dimension or given up and moved into my mother's attic, I will come. Please invite me; otherwise, I may gate-crash.
If you [pl] would remotely permit it, I should like to assist with the cooking.

Edited at 2012-03-03 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 06:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
I am going to come to...whatever occasion you're serving this at. If I am in Heidelburg, if I am in an undisclosed location under Annex 1, if I have discovered a new dimension or given up and moved into my mother's attic, I will come. Please invite me; otherwise, I may gate-crash.

Consider yourself invited. The universe would probably arrange itself so as to place you at the table even if you didn't decide to come.
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Josh
User: schreibergasse
Date: 2012-03-03 19:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
[PS: Yay continued survival of Rodney's! I think that's where I got my etymological dictionary.]
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Sovay: Rotwang
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 06:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconRotwang
[PS: Yay continued survival of Rodney's! I think that's where I got my etymological dictionary.]

I can't remember the last book I got there, unless it was the hardcover of Christopher Fry's A Sleep of Prisoners (1951) with cover art by Ronald Searle. And even if it was, that was something.
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The Infinite Improbability Drive
User: weirdquark
Date: 2012-03-03 20:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That turkey sounds amazing.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 06:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
That turkey sounds amazing.

It will probably be the craziest thing I have ever attempted for Thanksgiving, beating out even the mushroom-and-farro pie or the Zwiebelkuchen. Should we succeed, it will be awesome. Should we fail, we'll be able to dine out on the story for years.
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The Infinite Improbability Drive
User: weirdquark
Date: 2012-03-04 19:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I think it's even more insane than the turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a cornish game hen stuffed with a quail because other than the hours deboning everything and the different kinds of stuffing, once it was assembled it was quite simple.

Should we succeed, it will be awesome. Should we fail, we'll be able to dine out on the story for years.

I really see no down side here.
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ap_aelfwine
User: ap_aelfwine
Date: 2012-03-04 01:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sorry to hear about Tiny Wittgenstein and the fruit bowl. *hugs*

I'm glad for the yesterday converting itself into awesomeness.

The Thompson turkey sounds rather maniacal and astonishing. I wish ye luck and safety in its preparation and consumption.

I hope you have a wonderful time at the Showcase.
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Sovay: Lord Peter Wimsey: passion
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 06:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconLord Peter Wimsey: passion
The Thompson turkey sounds rather maniacal and astonishing. I wish ye luck and safety in its preparation and consumption.

Well, we've got months to figure out how to do it safely . . .

I hope you have a wonderful time at the Showcase.

It was fantastic!
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ashlyme
User: ashlyme
Date: 2012-03-04 11:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm glad you've had a couple of good days; hopefully they'll keep Tiny W. at bay.

Looking at "Flowers", I kept thinking of Phil Harding, the archaeologist from Time Team. I have fluff for brains, it seems.
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Sovay: Rotwang
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-04 18:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconRotwang
I'm glad you've had a couple of good days; hopefully they'll keep Tiny W. at bay.

Thank you! Fingers crossed.

(And the same to you.)

I kept thinking of Phil Harding, the archaeologist from Time Team. I have fluff for brains, it seems.

This happens with names. There is a particularly famous example I will think of hours from now.
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asakiyume
User: asakiyume
Date: 2012-03-05 02:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah! A story by Sylvia Townsend Warner!

I will come back after I have read it.
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Sovay: Sovay: David Owen
User: sovay
Date: 2012-03-05 05:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconSovay: David Owen
Ah! A story by Sylvia Townsend Warner!

Possibly a whole new book of them!
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asakiyume: PJHarvey
User: asakiyume
Date: 2012-03-07 04:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
iconPJHarvey
Well, I don't know when I'll get to the whole book, but I just now read the short story. Loved this:

. The mincing-machine was almost right. It looked carefree, and like a Picasso. "Woman ascending scaffold," she said to herself. </>

Heh. Ascending scaffold. Excellent.
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