Thursday, January 01, 2009

Many Fat Men Listened

I ended 2008 with a feat of holiday gluttony – all three meals on New Year’s Eve consisted of sausage. A chorizo and egg taco for breakfast, a spicy Italian sausage grinder for lunch, and kielbasa for dinner. It was unintended, but I can still take pride in it. The end of the year and the end of the holidays is a time to reflect on overdoing it, overeating, overdrinking. When it comes to eating, I like to think that I can sometimes pack it in – not like Jim Harrison or A.J. Liebling, but still, I can compete with most quahogs. The Times ran a piece yesterday about the alleged eating prowess of Diamond Jim Brady, and it contained this hopeful bit of information:

“The stomach … is simply the digestive system’s holding tank — ‘a receptacle equipped with the intelligence to meter out molecules to the intestine at a prescribed rate.’ While the intestine can’t handle an overload of molecules, the stomach, a highly elastic organ, can be gradually enlarged, via progressive overeating, to hold more and more food.”

So there’s something – stomach expansion – to look forward to for 2009. And here’s something more, a reminder from some mystic Canadians. The words are by Leonard Cohen and the music is by Buffy Sainte-Marie. It’s the first track off the record Illuminations, which has Buffy in full witchy-woman mode on the cover. The record also includes an “electronic score by Michael Czajkowski: realizes at the electronic studio of N.Y.U. School of the Arts. .. synthesized from the Buffy’s voice and guitar.” Let’s hope Buffy and Lenny were on to something, god is alive, magic is afoot.

“God is Alive, Magic is Afoot” – Buffy Sainte-Marie

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