"I had a very important appointment with Tina Brown that morning, and I was racing through the cream cheese inventory so as to be on time." —As the Upper West Side home of H&H Bagels suddenly shuts (now one must go to 639 W. 46th St.!), it is not a terrible time to read Thomas Beller's account of being the inventory man at H&H in 1992.
"You want that bagel but that bagel is deadly so you scoop that bagel, honey, you scoop it like a bridesmaid at strip-a-robics. But. Can I just ask. What’s wrong with a nice piece of toast, then, or perhaps an English muffin? A bialy, in times of great need?" —Seriously, what is the DEAL with people who "scoop" out their bagels? It's revolting.