October 2008 Archives
The Wine Snob’s Dictionary, just barely out, is already getting a lovely reception, meaning that a nasty backlash is just around the corner.
Meanwhile, we wanted to share with you a Snobbish video chat that co-authors David Kamp and David Lynch did with Philippe Newlin of the new online food and wine network Devour TV. There are nine segments in all, each with their share of authentically useful info and utterly pompous drivel. You can find them here. Bear in mind that Devour’s video player takes a while to load; we love Devour and have urged them to compress their files so that this sort of content can be watched more readily.
October 22, 2008 More Film Snobbery »
The World Wide Web doesn’t necessarily need more food blogs, but it does need Josh Ozersky. Big, boisterous, upbeat, and a bit of an old-fashioned huckster, Ozersky is an unreconstructed Damon Runyon New Yorker in a Candace Bushnell age; if he could sing, he’d make a good Nicely Nicely in the upcoming Broadway revival of Guys and Dolls. But Ozersky is a food writer by trade, and a very good one. Two weeks ago, he launched a new blog on Citysearch called The Feedbag, where he carries on the mix of reportage and commentary that he trademarked as New York magazine’s founding food blogger.
The food community tends to think of Josh primarily as one of those heaving, sclerotic “fat guy” burger bloggers, but he’s more shrewd, broad-minded, and graceful than he gets credit for. Witness his appreciation last week of the recently deceased Gourmet restaurant critic Jay Jacobs, which acknowledged that Jacobs was prone to prolix crankiness but still expressed admiration: “Jacobs’s erudite, allusive style... showed me that a food writer could be an intellectual, and not just someone who said that peas were green; and to this day few writers have surpassed him in literacy or brittle wit. It’s hard to read many of his columns now; they seem inordinately pleased with themselves. But they had personality.”October 21, 2008 More Food Snobbery »
Nobody does Beatle spoofery better than Snobsite friend Peter Serafinowicz. (As a matter of fact, pretty much no one in Britain or America does comedy better than him.) Here’s his take on Ringo Starr’s curious declaration that he will no longer be answering fan mail. Peace and love.October 17, 2008 More Rock Snobbery »
The fourth title of the Snob’s Dictionary series has arrived, and, as you can see above, it concerns wine. It officially comes out on October 14. You can order the new book on Amazon or support your local independent bookseller, whether here, here, here, or somewhere else.
In conjunction with The Wine Snob’s Dictionary’s release, Snobsite has been reconfigured, with easier-to-read posts, a generous helping of sample entries from the new book (as well as samples and intros from the other three books; click on the links in the “Snobbipedia” to the right), and, most fun of all, a random-snobbery generator known as the Snob Spotlight, down at the lower right. Every time you open a Snobsite page or refresh the one you’re currently visiting, the Snob Spotlight will offer up a randomly generated definition from one of the four Snob’s Dictionary books. Which is really useful if you’re dashing off to a dinner party and need a quick fix of trivia to sound knowing and pompous about.October 01, 2008 More Wine Snobbery »
Why does a Burger Snob blow his stack when someone refers to a slider as a “mini-hamburger”?
Why, because a slider, to be called a slider, must adhere to a specific set of criteria that go well beyond the mere miniaturization of a burger!October 01, 2008 More Food Snobbery »
Who was the improbable muse of cult director Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter)?
Why, scraggly character actor Warren Oates, of course!October 01, 2008 More Film Snobbery »
What was John Peel’s favo(u)rite single of all time?
Why, “Teenage Kicks” by the Undertones, of course!October 01, 2008 More Rock Snobbery »