Major confession. My absolute favorite writer is Stephen King. Not F. Scott Fitzgerald. Not James Joyce. Not even Ernest Hemingway.
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Ever since my guitar teacher placed The Shining in my hands when I was about 12, I have been obsessed with the author. And I know exactly why. Unlike other science fiction or horror writers, King describes a world that is very mundane. He paints a picture of small towns where people live and work and laugh and fight. He writes about Sunday supper and Coca-Cola and high school proms and baseball. Then, when your guard is let down by the familiar, he lets the monsters come in -- right through the front door of your two-bedroom colonial.
For the past few weeks, it's seemed there's not enough time in the day. From the time I wake up., life goes by in a blur... walking the dogs, writing on the computer, doing chores, making dinner.
My husband and I usually have one day off together, and each week we try to plan some quality activity like a nature hike in the Everglades or a boat ride. But the best laid plans sometime go asunder, like this past weekend when lunch and a quick stop at the store ate the entire day. "Wait a minute. It's after four?" I said, looking at my watch. "How the hell did that happen?"
In one of his last songs, John Lennon mused, "life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." Then he was murdered by a crazy person in front of his home and his wife.More »
Paula Deen's Food Network career imploded last Friday after the cable network said it would not renew her contract. Though Food Network's simple statement, "Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," did not mention a reason, it comes after a video deposition turned up in which Deen admits to using the N-word and talking about a politically incorrect party she was thinking about hosting. Deen's testimony was taken in correlation with a harassment lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, the former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.
Now, in a surprise backlash to her corporate blockade, people are standing behind Deen in droves. A "We Support Paula Deen" Facebook page has 288,000 followers. A Change.org petition, calling on Food Network to bring back the Southern cook, has garnered more than 14,000 signatures.
I abhor racism. However, after reading the transcript of the deposition, I agree that Paula Deen has done nothing to merit being fired.
See also: Paula Deen on Today: "I Is What I Is"More »
Have you seen the new Kraft Zesty salad dressing ad campaign? Like so many other products mostly bought by frazzled women trying to balance work, family, and sleep, they feature a little harmless beefcake to go with your greens.
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The commercials show the "Zesty Guy" making some of his favorite recipes for you ladies. He melts butter with his smoldering gaze, he cooks some hot Italian sausage, he kneads and slaps pizza dough. At some point, his shirt comes off. Sometimes his pants. All of the commercials invite you to "get zesty." There is as much nudity in these commercials as in an ad for Fruit of the Loom underwear. Plus, they're clearly tongue-in-cheek (and about as sexy as a basket of kittens).More »
Sometimes there are brands and products that are so well loved, they draw their own fan base and subculture. Take, for instance, Volvo owners, who push their cars until they're ancient rust buckets in an attempt to get 500,000 or more miles out of them. Or, consider McRib lovers, who search for the elusive sandwich high and low. Then there are the people who literally brand themselves head to toe with their favorite logos, paying for the privilege of wearing a Corona bikini or Budweiser board shorts.
One would think that the real-life Don Drapers of the world are insanely happy when someone announces "eat an Oreo day" or sets up a "Shamrock Shake finder". I mean, isn't a fan-based rap called "I Love McDonald's" the ultimate in free advertising? Isn't that the goal of every corporation with a Twitter or Instagram account? To have a product so well loved that a specific burger or taco or car goes viral?