Monday, July 30, 2007

Some further notes from my life



One of my soccer teams played against a team of Mexicans wearing France jerseys last night. They kicked our asses. One of their forwards, who looked to be about 35 or so, had gelled his hair back, apparently just for the game.

The Taco Spot in Eagle Rock is a reasonably-priced, excellent mid-week dinner option (take-out or eat in) for those of you living in the Eagle Rock area. The people that appear to be the owners (because they're always there) are young and hip and friendly. They play good music. And the sauce tray is pretty good.

I still hate the L.A. Times. I will concede that it's a decent paper, but there is something deeply moronic about it. I think it has something to do with the irresponsible use of many mixed fonts on the front page, along with the goofy "catchy" blurbs combined with pictures in the top bar of the front page.

While we are on this topic, I like Jonathan Gold and all, and have visited many fine restaurants on his recommendation, but what is with the hyperventilating, breathless style, with its relentless reliance on hyperbole and exaggeration to create excitement? I feel that fellow Pulitzer winner, Dan Neil, who writes auto reviews for the L.A. Times, shares Gold's style: both writers try very very hard to create a sense of excitement in their writing through crazy similes, overheated description, and a general breathless "oh wow"-ness about everything. (Not to mention that Dan Neil wins best prize for columnist most likely to fail the Voight-Kampff test.) Then again, I might just be jealous.

3 comments:

Toddy said...

A useful blog, today's.

Anonymous said...

Is that really his picture? What a creepazoid!

dn

Octopus Grigori said...

DN: Are you talking about Dan Neil or Jonathan Gold? They're both pretty creepy in their own respective ways.