Polly Peachum

Polly Peachum

Got fed up with Gawker and Jezebel. Always liked Balk and Choire rhymes-with-story.

On Selections From V.S. Naipaul's Yelp Account

@Alex Buckey@facebook

Great minds think alike? It is a format that one could see being duplicated unintentionally. I enjoyed your piece. I had read about Naipaul's sexism (which he's been expressing for decades) recently, so I thought the Awl post was taking aim at that.

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm 0

On Photographs from the New High Line Park, Open Today

@SeanP I laughed too.

Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm 0

On Photographs from the New High Line Park, Open Today

@SeanP I was at the Highline over the weekend and I think Choire is referring to the service berry bushes. I didn't see any other berries. I don't know anyone, especially a New Yorker, who regularly eats service berries.


Posted on June 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm 0

On France is an Incredibly Foreign Country

"And I do not want to enter into considerations of dime-store psychology that claims to penetrate the mind of the subject, observing, for example, that the number of the room (2806) corresponds to the date of the opening of the Socialist Party primaries in France (06.28), in which he is the uncontested favorite, thereby concluding that this is all a Freudian slip, a subconsciously deliberate mistake, and blah blah blah."

But what does Nostradamus have to say?

He's unhinged. Am I the only one who thought that all philosophers possessed a strong grasp of logic?

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:26 am 1

On France is an Incredibly Foreign Country

Yes, we are alien. Le Monde has an article on the treatment of the DSK affair in the "anglo-saxon" press. That's a common French term for things British and/or American.

Google Translator is reasonably good if you don't read French.


Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:12 am 0

On Soda Of Any Kind Is Not Good For You

Oh, it's the sodium this time? Other studies described in recent articles have cited the artificial sweeteners as problematic.

I saw a nutritionist a couple of years ago for some advice on healthy eating. She told me to eliminate the Diet Coke I was drinking once a day.

Posted on February 10, 2011 at 10:40 am 0

On Television Commercial Plays Havoc With Meaning Of Common Expression

The "bird in hand" one is kind of funny. PBS has made a fool of itself with "Antiques Roadshow."

I also like the drill sargeant makes a bad therapist spot.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 10:00 pm 0

On Here's Why You Need A Cast Iron Skillet

Someone must have said this already, but cast iron skillets are a good way to introduce iron into your diet. The food absorbs iron from the pan. A doctor once recommended I cook liver in a cast iron skillet because my iron was low.

I don't use them because they always look nasty to me. What is this "seasoning" thing? Old stuff burned on. Yuck.

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm 0

On "The Black People, as a Class, Have No Thought For the Future" --1874, the 'Times'

I read the first five or six excerpts. Got so depressed I had to skip the rest.

Posted on January 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm 0

On "The Black People, as a Class, Have No Thought For the Future" --1874, the 'Times'

It's not in the same category, but I was rather annoyed to see this passing description in a Times story on a cheap Yoga studio:

"With her black gym socks and her down-home sensibility, Ms. Stiles is not trying to appeal to the yoga elite or to the purist. She is going for the firefighter from Long Island who feels intimidated by “oms” and New Age music.

***The African-American 30-something from Brooklyn who is looking for a little diversity on the mat.***

Or the cashier from Morris, Ill. — the river town of 14,000 where she grew up — who drives to McDonald’s for dinner several times a week."

WTF? Every time an African American does something, even attend a Yoga class, there's an obligatory reference to "diversity"?

Also, I guess no blacks live in Park Slope. "Brooklyn" is being used as a code word for poor neighborhood.


Posted on January 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm 1