Spring in Northeast Philly has sprung. I guess I should stop taking pictures from the car, but this was at a traffic light, so no possible hipster injury risk.
- “The Grand Tour has been a tradition of newly rich countries ever since young British aristocrats took to the Continent in the eighteenth century, picking up languages, antiques, and venereal disease.”
- “Poor Joey’s food truck is a graphic abomination the likes of which have not been seen since Master P’s last album cover: We have photos of despondent spaghetti on plates; a cartoon of Joey’s grandma; the Brooklyn Bridge; and more fonts than you could shake a Zapf Dingbat at. It looks like the Internet threw up on a children’s book.”
- I’m on Pinterest now, so stop your life and look at the pretty pictures.
- “We settled into coach on an Air China non-stop flight to Frankfurt, and I opened a Chinese packet of “Outbound Group Advice,” which we’d been urged to read carefully. The specificity of the instructions suggested a history of unpleasant surprises: “Don’t travel with knockoffs of European goods, because customs inspectors will seize them and penalize you.” There was an intense focus on staying safe in Europe.”
- “We recently received, in a tube sent by postal mail, something new in our experience: a 15-foot-long scroll to the editor, below.”
- Business casual causes confusion among morons.
- “I remember the precise moment I began a lifelong love of Kazakh food. I was sitting at a dingy plastic table with some friends at a food cart in Karaganda, a rather industrial town in the center of Kazakhstan, and we were grabbing some lunch after a very long morning trying to teach idiomatic English to some college students.”
- Girls and their bedrooms.
- Writing a blank check to the State of Israel.
- ““We take pride in the country of Persia,” said Mrs. Maddahi, who will host the first Seder on Monday night. “It was an old monarchy, with thousands of years of history.”
- “I am hardly alone; almost everyone I know seems to have the KitchenAid mixers and Cuisinarts they got for their wedding still sitting in their boxes, to emerge at Thanksgiving, if ever.”
- “I’m jealous. I’m jealous of people who succeed at what I do (write literary fiction). I’m jealous of them even if I love them or like them or respect them.”
- The market for glasses.
- In Australia, you tip counterclockwise.