Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The autumn of our discontent

Even for those of us with only two seasons, it is a sad time of year. The impending doom of daylight savings is announced by the arrival of the Summerset peach in the markets mid-September. Despite the tragic name, the Summerset is a tasty peach, and I've never understood why you'd buy an apple when there's still stonefruit afoot.


But for some reason I made the switch early this year: revelation. The early appearance of "heirloom" apples changes everything. Old favorites like Cox's Orange and Queens's own Newtown Pippin are crisper and juicier than later in the year. [Copyeditors: discuss apostrophization of Queens]. New old favorites like the Rhode Island Greening at left seem to be making a comeback. Diversity is the spice of fruit too. Which is why I'm still buying all the peaches I can eat.

I'll have more for you later, includingt my long-awaited reaction to the Saveur redesign, but in the meantime you can check out the first review of the Julie Powell book, in the LA Times, natch. Douchebag goes easy on her for some reason.


Blogger alizinha said...

Yeah, that reviewer should've done his homework and read your evisceration of her NYT Op-Ed piece before he wrote up his lovefest.

Wed Sep 28, 10:16:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...


Wed Sep 28, 10:55:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

your apostrophes are right; see white.

Thu Sep 29, 04:30:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

Yes, but Queens is already a (debased) possessive, as it refers to the Queen's county.

Here's an even better one: the Oakland A's's batting order.

Thu Sep 29, 05:24:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I imagine that they added the original apostrophe to make the name look better. One wouldn't want to confuse people into thinking the team was the Oakland AS. When making the team name possessive, I think one would have to view it as a proper name with an irrelevant apostrophe.

I have no fucking clue though.

Ask these guys:

Thu Sep 29, 06:29:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

A's is an early twentieth-century abbrev. for Athletics. So the question is: is it plural (A's') or not (A's's)?

Thu Sep 29, 06:45:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

yes indeed, but i still think white (or as we refer to him around here: god) instructs the apostrophe s. the single apostrophe is just downright lame. i do think white has the best solution though in the case of eg augustus's pax romana ie reword the goddamn sentence to avoid the possessive. in the case of queens's i suppose queens county's is an easy, albeit awkward, fix. my personal peeve: 1960's (making the atheletics question moot).

of course the apostrophe disputations are nothing like the number/amount wars. i don't think i know a native-born blogger who correctly uses few when required. i take this as a personal affront. it just makes my skin crawl.

Thu Sep 29, 07:41:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate apostrophes. There retarded.

Thu Sep 29, 07:50:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous kk said...

According to the little piece of shit dictionary I have at work, athletics can be singular or plural in number. But I think it's plural in this case. Would one guy on the team be an Athletic?

This whole comment thing is kind of fun.

Thu Sep 29, 07:57:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous lady meniscus said...

So, smart people, what does one do when one wishes to refer to a single *ahem* member of the Oakland Baseball Athletics Club, as in "I sure would like to take that Oakland A Barry Zito out to my mossy woodshed," or "if I could pick just one Oakland A's to bend me over and slap me on the apostrophe, it'd be #75, no fucking contest"?

Proofread that, bitches.

Thu Sep 29, 08:09:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some athletic Athletics are sure to delighted when the lady meniscus bends craps and leaves

Thu Sep 29, 08:26:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous lady meniscus said...

That's 'shoots,' baby-doll. As in ping-pong balls.

Thu Sep 29, 08:46:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

All you anonymous people are confusing me. Except for my sister: at least I know who my sister is.

Just to clarify La D.'s statement for those of you seeking guidance: according to Strunk and White, the possessive of EVERY SINGLE SINGULAR word is 's. Plurals are s'. period. (Their only exception is ancient personal names ending in -es and -is -- even Augustus gets 's).

Also, Barry Zito is fucking weak. He like to play Dave Matthews songs on his guitar in brewpubs, eat cookies for the troops, and live in the Marina. All true. But he is technically an A.

Thu Sep 29, 09:10:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous lady meniscus said...

Just to clarify MY statement, I said PING-PONG BALLS, motherfucker.

And what me 'n' Barry get up to in the woodshed-- whether it's for the troops or not --is none of your damn business anyway. At least he leaves his house.

Thu Sep 29, 09:23:00 PM GMT  
Blogger la depressionada said...

meniscus that's easy: athletic. the term athletics is simply plural and merely refers to more than one athletic. one wouldn't eg refer to a singularly* performed blowjob resulting in one ejaculation as blowjobs. no it's blowjob. now one's oeuvre -- one's body of body work so to speak -- are blowjobS.

the differing rules of anglo- as distinguished from american-english grammar nothwithstanding, that eats shoots and leaves woman know less about grammar than julie powell knows about food. (see how i tied that in there maxi max?) she's probably bad at blowjobs as well.**

in addition i am on a rampage against the over (almost always incorrectly) used eponymous. no, i'm no copy editor, but i think i could have a good mmf time with white and edmund wilson. well a girl can dream.

*i believe this adverbial qualifier is necessary, because strictly speaking a bj performed by several people on one person would remain the singular blowjob.

**Intentional misplaced modifier in the service of the literary. see ray davies.

Thu Sep 29, 09:29:00 PM GMT  
Blogger mmw said...

If you like Zito, that makes you an Athletic supporter.

I know what you're up to meniscus, and you're not doing anything in the woodshed. Get back in the clown tent.

And I do too leave the house, to assemble my disaster preparedness supplies.

Thu Sep 29, 10:02:00 PM GMT  
Anonymous lady meniscus said...

damn. busted. what gave me away?

Thu Sep 29, 10:13:00 PM GMT  
Blogger alizinha said...

aren't you GLAD you finally enabled comments?

Fri Sep 30, 02:17:00 PM GMT  

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