Feb. 17th, 2009


Feb. 17th, 2009 09:53 pm
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Not too long ago we bought a medium-sized jar of local wildflower honey. As I think I've mentioned here before, I'd heard somewhere in the news that many nationally-distributed and supermarket brand honeys originate in China, and despite claiming to be pure honey they're actually heavily adulterated with high-fructose corn syrup and other nasty stuff.

As it happens, we have a teddy-bear container of Stop & Shop honey in the same cupboard where we put the local honey. They're literally next to each other. And for some reason, that cupboard is cold.

The local honey has turned solid. It has the consistency of a moist granulated apple butter; a little difficult to spoon out, but it can be done. It melts incredibly quickly in hot tea, and it tastes great.

The Stop & Shop honey is still liquid, golden, and clear. I'm not planning to have any more of it.
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Hercules amongst the North Americans Hercules amongst the North Americans by Mark Marek

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a f^&*ing funny book. It's also incredibly rare these days. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on a copy, grab it!

It chronicles the adventures of Hercules in modern-day America, circa the mid-1980s. Much of the modern world is confusing to the mighty Hercules; he mistakes a subway train for a monster and battles it to the death. Victory goes to the son of Zeus, of course! The many passengers who are casualties of the affair are an unfortunate side-note.

Hercules also works as a bike-messenger in New York, kills his psychiatrist and carries off his lovely receptionist, discovers the wonder of the Heavy Metal Gods (blasphemy!), and reviews several Greek restaurants.

These comic strips originally appeared in National Lampoon (back when it was funny) and High Times. They're drawn in a deliberately crude style that sets the perfect tone for the book. The whole book, in fact, is packed with good stuff; this is a gem that will have you laughing uncontrollably more than once.

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