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Jul 14, 2008 04:33 PM

"Fourteen Passive-Aggressive Appetizers" - in the New Yorker

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  1. Amusing; at least more than this week's cover.

    1. Excellent! Thank you - my subscription expired

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      1. re: harryharry

        I've decided that my favorite part is the "mock tofu".

      2. I had been wondering about the use of "passive aggressive" by you all. Now I see that it just means, "devious little dickhead".

        Now, if there were only a similar article on "price points".

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          "Price points" is, I think, part of a stage direction.

          Inside the liquor store, she balks at the wine's price, points to the exit, and they leave.

        2. I have often wondered of someone has ever pulled a "mock-tofu" on me...hmmm. Also, I always thought Hepatitis was served as as app, not as dessert; and to think, I've made that blunder more than once! Sheesh--live and learn, I guess ;)

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          1. re: enbell

            We used to get something called "eight-treasure bean curd" at a Burmese restaurant in Oakland. It was not vegetarian. Mostly milk, I think, with flecks of pork.

          2. i think it's possible that the author of that piece may have been intoxicated at the time of its writing. . . the repetitive use of people's obviously real first names is particularly disturbing and kinda psychotic. you kind of want to say to him/her: she doesn't love you any more because you are a dick. just because she was a vegetarian, that doesn't mean that you need to lash out at all vegetarians. your friends want to strike you because you constantly get maudlin and sorry for yourself at inappropriate times, like parties where everybody has known each other for many years. dogs don't live as long as people, they die. get over it, idiot.

            other than that, very entertaining. :)

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            1. re: soupkitten

              sk, are you kidding? Psychotic? Drunk?

              It's a piece of *fiction*. I'll take a real wild guess here and assume that none of the people the author mentions by first name even exist. It's somebody being overly sarcastic in the "shouts & murmurs" section. It's called *humor* -- strange concept, I know '-)

              MMRuth -- thanks for that little preview! Can't wait for the new issue to hit my mailbox!!

              1. re: linguafood

                Please tell me you know that soupkitten is writing in passive-aggressive style to emulate the article. Unless you're getting a little meta yourself, in which case the joke's on me.

                1. re: small h

                  I can't tell you that, h. I don't know, but from how I read her post, I don't believe so. Could be that our sense of humor, respectively, is just very, very different... thank evolution for that :-D