Went to a talk on comic books last night called “Comic Books or Graphic Novels? The Politics of Nomenclature” at PIFAS, part of Sarah & James & Oliver’s new project, the Temporary Department of Academic Research. It was shorter on politics than the name would imply, but a good overview of the development (in the US at least) of the concept of the cartoon/comic strip/comic book/graphic novel. It was nice to use my brain a little academically again, and to see other young folks out on a Thursday night to do the same.
“It was like good, fully developed veal, not young, but not yet beef. It was very definitely like that, and it was not like any other meat I had ever tasted. It was so nearly like good, fully developed veal that I think no person with a palate of ordinary, normal sensitiveness could distinguish it from veal. It was mild, good meat with no other sharply defined or highly characteristic taste such as for instance, goat, high game, and pork have. The steak was slightly tougher than prime veal, a little stringy, but not too tough or stringy to be agreeably edible. The roast, from which I cut and ate a central slice, was tender, and in color, texture, smell as well as taste, strengthened my certainty that of all the meats we habitually know, veal is the one meat to which this meat is accurately comparable.”—New York Times reporter William Bueller Seabrook, in 1931, on what human tastes like
I am currently eating a prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomato, and pesto sandwich on good herb ciabatta - easily the best I’ve had in months. I have a serrano ham & manchego sandwich (on baked-today baguette) in the fridge for lunch tomorrow. I’m going to be eating a sticky bun for dessert, and have a breakfast bagel supply for the next couple of days. There is a freshly sliced loaf of olive bread sitting atop my refrigerator.
Total cost of this bounty, plus an unlimited supply of Thai iced coffee while working this evening: zero dollars.