foodweneedfood said: Belly and Ruby were both awesome, dammit. I will not be shamed by this!
Hey, here’s a fascinating thing that I am becoming ever more aware of: “Shoegaze” and “dream-pop,” last seen consumed by The Nerds (and me) are currently popular? AMONG THE YOUTHS? You can literally Google Lush (the band) right now and find a bunch of Youths talking about their Coachella plans and how Lush released one of the greatest best-of compilations IN THE HISTORY OF MUSIC.
I mean: I was scared to listen to their albums, in 1994, because the only thing I ever heard was angry man-Youths talking about how they were a bunch of talentless pussy girls with high voices who probably couldn’t even play their instruments. (Actual reader comment I remember from Rolling Stone’s Belly coverage: “You’re covering these guys now? What’s next? LUSH?”) But now? NOTHING BUT DREAMY YOUTHS! Youths using too much gratuitous reverb! Youths cultivating a slow, spacy groove! Youths getting into vaguely mystical-romantic-fairytale lyrical tropes! Youths dropping the phrase “dream-pop” on their popular Internet rap singles — Internet rap singles targeted toward the Youths! Youths listening to Lush. Even if they be man-Youths.
What I’m saying is: This could be Belly’s year. This could be your year. If you play it right, all the shame will rebound on me. As it so often does.
I eat soylent for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. It’s perfect for that. I eat muggle food for dinner and on the weekends. You can’t beat the convenience, though, for the workday. Particularly since I sit in a cube all day, I sip throughout the day and then use my lunch break to go for a walk. For me, doing dishes, grocery shopping and cooking are terrible. This saves me the trouble of doing that for 2/3 of my meals during the week.
I saw Michael Polan speaking a while back and he said a couple of things that have stuck in my head .
1. People didn’t really want to give up cooking. Of all the domestic work women undertook in the post war period most were perfectly happy to cook — I get that, I find cooking an enjoyable and generally rewarding thing to do in a way that say cleaning the toilet or hanging washing up never will be. A good way to clear my mind too. The push for the adoption of ready meals, heavily process food etc. piggy backed on notions of liberation and equality (think there’s some similar stuff to this re smoking in Century of Self (remains my favourite Adam Curtis doc I think))
2. He quoted a public health expert saying that the a pretty good simple prescription to improve the general health of the average USian is this: you can eat anything you want but you have to cook it yourself. The theory being that it’s much harder produce unhealthy stuff on a personl/ family scale e.g. chips which if you ever make them at home require a whole bunch of peeling, chopping and deep frying (with associated fire hazard, cleanup and oil disposal nightmare). That said, cookies are really easy and when you see how much butter and sugar go in them…
Cite: some stuff I heard a guy say once, you can probably find a video on you tube.
There is no kind of idleness, by which we are so easily seduced, as that which dignifies itself by the appearance of business and by making the loiterer imagine that he has something to do which must not be neglected, keeps him in perpetual agitation and hurries him rapidly from place to place … To do nothing every man is ashamed and to do much almost every man is unwilling or afraid. Innumerable expedients have therefore been invented to produce motion without labour, and employment without solicitude.
The reason sickness is undesirable is not that it causes distress or discomfort but that it results in what is often called “lost productivity”. This is a sinister and absurd notion, predicated on the greedy fallacy of counting chickens before they have hatched. “Workplace absence through sickness was reported to cost British business £32bn a year,” the researcher claimed in Metro: a normal way of phrasing things today, but one with curious implications. The idea seems to be that business already has that money even though it hasn’t earned it yet and employees who fail to maintain “productivity” as a result of sickness or other reasons are, in effect, stealing this as yet entirely notional sum from their employers.