Thursday, May 29, 2008

Great literature. Not.

“All great literature is one of two stories: a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town,” so said Tolstoy. Hence the line: “I gotta go see a man about a dog.”

The hospital where I get all my heart surgery has no problem with accepting Medicare patients. Everywhere except their pharmacy. Medicare and supplemental insurance are no good therein. The surgery tab once topped a hundred grand. Most the prescription ever cost was thirty-eight bucks. Odd policy, wouldn’t you say?

You’ve seen those strange dresses worn by the women in that fundamentalist religious compound in Texas. Those dresses. The American version of the burka?

If you are looking for cleaner vegetables, scoot past peaches and apples because they have high levels of pesticides. Onions and avocados, the lowest. Cabbage is clean, too. Who cares? Unless you’re one of those who bathes with your veggies. A radish floats. Who knew?

Hangover cures are still illusive. Many try and many fail.

Here are antidotes from around the world: Germans, pickled herring. Japanese, pickled plums. Vietnamese, a wax-gourd juice. Moroccans, cumin seeds. Andeans, coca leaves. Russians, pickled brine.

Several nations swear tripe works: Mexico, menudo. Puerto Rico, mondongo. Turkey, something called iskembe corbasi.

Americans prefer breakfast at Denny’s.


Anonymous said...

You forgot the best Texas hangover cure...grits and toast. Mindy.

Ken Martin said...

Regarding what you said about Tolstoy and literature, here's a related quote:

"There isn't a story written that isn't about blood and money. People and their relationship to each other is the blood, the family. And how they live, the money of it." -- Grace Paley, in Harriet Shapiro, "Grace Paley: Art is on the Side of the Underdog." Ms. March 1974.

Anonymous said...

I haven't had a drink for over 20 years,but before that I had occasion to try many 'cures'. The best was to sleep all day.
I guess the old 'hair of the dog',worked too if you could keep a staight stomachthinking about one more drink of what you had the night before.-------Goose

Buddy said...

Hangover Cures I Have Known:

Alka-Seltzer Cold Medicine (lotsa water).

Jumping into a cool body of water.

The aforementioned sleep.

Two aspirin before going to sleep (again, lotsa water).

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