before unwrapping it, unwrapped it
two hours before she served it.
But what the French sociologist calls
la déstructurisation of family meals
means there's no more patience
for ripening on the cold shelf.
This message comes to us
on a tray with quick-serve cheddar puffs
passed across the cocktail party,
across news networks via satellite.
Also it lands thudding with the flat bread,
bean salad, raisins, fruit bar,
seedless jam and plastic cutlery
in the humanitarian airdrop.
Pah! A man rejects the bland cheese couplets.
And the pre-moistened serviette.
In this world he fears annihilation.
This world has made him a nihilist.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
The Simpsons World App Is Finally Here
I feel like a kid in some kind of store.
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.