Monthly Archives: December 2011



Did you know that it’s illegal to bring Kinder eggs into the United States? This is just one more law I’ve broken on accident, and now I’m more grateful than ever to a family friend who used to bring them back to us after business trips to Germany—I thought he was just bringing us kids treats, but in reality he was smuggling us contraband, which is so much cooler.

Also, I can’t recommend Dan’s newsletter enough.

This week at home has been spent watching a fairly large amount of reality tv with my sister, from Teen Mom 2 (I don’t have the words) to Hoarders, which was about as horrifying as this contemporary classic lead me to believe. Much better, though, is Extreme Couponing. It sort of makes me want to start collecting coupons, except I don’t have 20 hours a week to do it, but it’s totally entertaining at the end of every episode when six hundred dollars of groceries is reduced to $5.23, after the inevitable clash with the grocery store coupon policy and someone saying something like “this is the last thing an extreme couponer wants to hear.”

Still, these people end up grocery carts that include fifteen bottles of laundry detergent or 1,200 (I shit you not) boxes of mini-cereal. What are you going to do with all that? Some people donate their gains, but other people have stockpiles and look like they’re prepping themselves to go on Hoarders later in life.

Also, is there any agreement on whether its pronounced COO-pon or CUE-pon?

Jeremy Stein, one of the President’s latest nominees to the Federal Reserve Board, offered a little theater of the mind about our economic future last year.

Also, this is obligatory.


Alex Ross has a great story in the most recent New Yorker about Don Carlo Gesualdo, a renaissance prince and madman who perpetrated a brutal double murder and was obsessed incredibly complex five-part singing arrangements in unusual harmonies. Personal favorite Werner Herzog has made a movie about this guy called “Tod für fünf Stimmen”Death for Five Voices, natch—so it’s added to the queue.

More of this feeling in 2012. Thanks, Megan.