Friday, February 16, 2007


Thinking of fine chocolates again, I'm reminded how beautiful they look on their shining silver trays in a glossy display case. And how disappointed I was, one time, to watch a clerk replenish the display with fresh candies from ... ugly cardboard stock boxes!!

Let's go the other way.

Compare the people and the work at this fish intake point in a restaurant kitchen -- the clothing, the speech, the sounds and smells, the equipment -- with the waiter who places a $24 plate of hazelnut-crusted trout on the white tablecloth in front of a customer in the dining room.


  1. If you have the chance, check out this book:

    I have it, so come for coffee sometime!

  2. Sweet! (the coffee invit)

    Intriguing! (the book rec)

    Which prompted a riff on the Japanese theme (credited to Barbara Bloom, American artist):

    When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold, because they believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history, it becomes more beautiful.