Archive for the ‘Off Topic’ Category
August 4th, 2011 by Tom Johnson
For no reason at all I reread David Foster Wallace’s Shipping Out: On the (Nearly Lethal) Comforts of a Luxury Cruise last night, and it includes this description of a waiter: He is thirty-five and about five four and plump, and his movements have the birdlike economy characteristic of small plump graceful men. His face is [...]
July 5th, 2011 by Tom Johnson
High on the list of terrible ideas: Viagra Beer.
May 2nd, 2011 by Tom Johnson
The manifestly evil terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden did not, apparently, have a wine cellar in his Pakistan compound. That makes him the first international evil genius whose tacky, overpriced mansion did not include a surprising cache of tacky, overpriced wines. For example, Saddam Hussein’s god-awful palaces reportedly contained stockpiles of Mateus rosé. Mateus, for those of [...]
August 13th, 2010 by Tom Johnson
Over at liberal blog Balloon Juice, proprietor John Cole asks: What is it about New Zealand and Australian sauvignon blancs that makes them (and I lack the terminology) brighter and cleaner and more grapefruity? From the comments, the collective wisdom of Those Who Must Be Heard produce a number of theories, not all of which [...]
August 6th, 2010 by Tom Johnson
Semi-retired rocker Sting makes wine in Tuscany, which is not big news because, it seems, everyone with money to piss away makes wine somewhere. Anyway, attracted as I am to celebrity winemaking, I read this, which contained a line that I thought was funny, even if it wasn’t about wine. In the late nineties, the [...]
June 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson
Today, among those people who find Louisville Juice through search engines, the most popular search term is “Fat Golfers.” Somewhere in that process, confusion reigns, and I do not suspect that the result will be a regular reader.
March 25th, 2010 by Tom Johnson
Real, live scientists report that barbecue sauce is good for you. A study by a team of biologists found that popular sauces and marinades contain a range of spices, fruits and vegetables which contain natural antioxidants…The study, at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, found that barbecue sauces are packed with healthly ingredients which [...]