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March 12th, 2013

Sake Photo Essay. [Mar. 12th, 2013|07:48 am]
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Last night I met up with Jennifer in Chinatown for another date night! Did I mention that Jennifer is a thing I'm trying to make happen? Her co-workers call her Jennifer, & throwing in a "Jenny" can be confusing, so I'm just practicing mix it up so that I am better at code-switching. Our date was at a place called SakaMai on the Lower East Side, & it was pretty freaking nice! First, we got sake flights. I drink a lot of cheap unfiltered sake, so we each got the nigori flight. Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo was the lightest & most refined, "Shichi Hon Yari" Junmai Ginjo was next, which is like an extended "middle part" of the brewing process, if I understand correctly, & Kiksui "Perfect Snow" (Doburoku Style) was just raw & granular. All were really good; Jennifer thought the first one was very drinkable, & the last one was so thick it took her forever to drink. Our appetizer, up above, were shishito peppers, which were battered & fried. Then our "small plate" was "egg on egg on egg"-- sturgeon caviar on top of sea urchin roe on top of a custardy scrambled eggs. Fatty & great! At the end, we realized we knew our waitress from Blue Ribbon, & so we talked to her & told her the story of how we got engaged there. Turns out, the ex-chef from Blue Ribbon is the person who opened this spot! Fun coincidences. Then we went over to Kat's & met up with her, Matt & their friend who we annoyed by hijacking the conversation to talk about some phone app we like.
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Don't Stop Believin' (in the Hollow Earth Theory). (14) [Mar. 12th, 2013|12:07 pm]
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Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

The ancient giant
leaned against his stone-tipped spear.
Nearby, mammoths grazed.

littlewashu's pick for Eleven-Books Club. So this is...well, I didn't like it. I like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea a lot, which...which I thought would mean I would like this, but instead all that happened was that I got a chance to see Verne use the same fomula over, to less effect. Or well, Journey to the Center of the Earth came first chronologically, so I guess I should phrase it as a less refined version of the same formula. Our protagonist-- Axel "Rose" Lidenbrock-- is a vacant character, little more then a viewpoint with legs, in both cases. The problem comes when you look to the rest of the cast. There is no Captain Nemo analogue, for one; Professor Otto "Slash" Lidenbrock's "mad scientist" act just reads like buffoonery, rather than the dark bipolar attraction of Nemo. Where as Ned Land provides a lot of colour in Twenty Thousand Leagues..., complete with striped sailor shirt & harpoon, his opposite number Hans is defined by being a cipher. What! That is terrible! What Journey... does have though is a rune puzzle! Rune puzzle! All day, every day. & some pretty stunning vignettes-- the ichthyosaur versus plesiosaur fight, the ball lightning-- placed in a couple of vibrant scenes. Unfortunately, the bits that stitch it together are dull, & the characters are banal & absent of any hooks; I thought Hans would be cool, as the eider down collection was a neat idea but then...nope. The weird Earth theories & the technobabble were way less compelling than in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea too. That comparison is damning. As it the other comparison, of course: to the play that I was in, Cocktails at the Centre of the Earth.

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