@guenna77 : Pearson v. Chung! One of the great frivolous lawsuits. The whole history of the case makes for great reading. From the Wikipedia page : On June 12, 2007, the trial began. Pearson broke down in tears during an explanation about his frustration after losing his pants, and a short recess had to be declared.
@dromeda, @TheDilettantista : I am legally obliged to recommend "Tampopo." Japanese, not Chinese, but seriously the great-grandfather of all food-as-life movies. Also, funny.
@chic noir : AMEN.
The photo from Marclay's "The Clock" is apropos in every way I can think of. Bravo.
@Vib G Yor : Right? Reading the article, it seems like the Whole Foods camp feels that that lower-income people make bad food choices because they don't realize that Whole-Foods-style organic food is good for them. The solution is to give them access to organic foods and educate them about the benefits of those foods. Now, that is a pretty reasonable solution to that particular problem. Unfortunately, there seems to be little examination of whether that's really the problem at all. The Whole Foods camp appears to assume that lower-income Detroit residents make bad food choices because they don't know how to make good choices ... but being able to make those kinds of economic choices at all, as the article illustrates, is a privilege that the lower-income folks often simply don't have.
@forget it i quit : "You should buy this good food because it's better for you." "I'd like to eat food that is better for me, but I can't afford enough of it to stay alive." "Yes, but if you buy this food, you will be healthier." "Not if I can't afford enough to keep from starving." ... and so on.
There is so much good talk in the comments here. Every time I have to move, I get this daydream of renting a massive wood chipper and just throwing all my stuff in there, transforming it into a beautiful spray of kibble. But my neighbors got a Pod when they moved, so maybe that'll take some of the sting out of moving next time. Also, "the recommended six months." All I have to say is HAW HAW HAW I GOT SPICES SO OLD THEY RATE AS GEOLOGIC TIME-SCALE STRATA.
@steponitvelma : The New Yorker is indeed essential. Also : the online archives of every! issue! ever! are an amazing time sink.
@ATF : Dear God, that is hideous. It's like Chuck E. Cheese meets Brewster's Millions. Pee Wee's Playhouse gone Jeff Koons. I could go on. Alternate take : Did you see the bedroom, where they "avoid bright colors"? Everything is gray, except they spraypainted all the furniture silver. It looks like if you brushed up against anything, you'd get wet paint on your sleeve.
@Swimf4n : I'm not sure if the third-shift followed by second-shift is the worst, or if the two "on call" times are the worst. Either way, I 100% support your complaints. Retail work has always been difficult, but it seems like it's become actively obnoxious in the past five or so years.