December 6, 1997
In Morning Report of Nov. 29, you reported about a spoof in the Onion, a Madison, Wis. publication, about plans to re-release "The Big Chill" in a "newly contextualized, digitally re-zeitgeisted format." One example you cited stated, "In one new scene, Glenn Close and Mary Beth Hurt discuss menopause." This is where I got confused. Since Mary Beth Hurt was never in "The Big Chill" (Mary Kay Place was), was this statement part of the parody, a mistake by the Onion (which means they should research better before attempting a parody)
May 30, 1985 |
Dear SOS: Liberace's Tivoli Gardens restaurant in Las Vegas has an excellent chicken salad. Can you obtain the recipe? --BEA Dear Bea: It's a simple salad served at Liberace's restaurant with croissants or sandwich bread.
January 23, 2000 |
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with. Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Alan Ball noted that much of the juicy vitriol in his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay for "American Beauty" grew out of the frustration he was feeling as a comedy writer in a far more confining context--on the sitcoms "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill."
April 9, 2003 |
Dear SOS: Some years ago you published Ismail Merchant's lemon lentils. In the mess of installing a new refrigerator, my copy has come up missing. William Teagardin Manhattan Beach Dear William: This is from a 1994 story about Merchant, the film producer. Vegetable stock can be substituted. Look for masoor dal at Indian markets and specialty stores. Lemon lentils Total time: 1 1/2 hours Servings: 5 to 6 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil, divided 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 (2-inch)
July 23, 2008
Total time: 20 minutes, plus pickling time Servings: Makes about 4 cups Note: Shishito peppers are available at many Asian markets. 3/4 pound shishito peppers 2 1/2 cups rice vinegar 3 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly smashed 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 2 teaspoons dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns 1 small onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick 2 to 3 whole chiles de arbol or other small dried red chile (optional)
December 19, 1987 |
At the market, green onions sell for about 29 cents a bunch, with about six to a bunch. At a nursery, a one-pound bag of onion sets (a "set" is a small onion bulb) costs about $1 and contains nearly 200 sets and each set equals one green onion. So, for $1 you can grow almost $10 worth of green onions, and they, of course, will be fresher and tastier than the ones you buy in the store. If you are looking for a good investment, this is it.
October 24, 2010 |
The Witch of Hebron A Novel James Howard Kunstler Atlantic Monthly Press: 334 pp., $24 Provided you make it out the other side of the apocalypse, what is it about today that you'll miss the most? In James Howard Kunstler's new novel, "The Witch of Hebron," which is set "in the not-distant future," a minor character known as the hermit mentally rhapsodizes over a long-gone pleasure, "the gigantic batter-dipped, deep-fried sweet onion he used to order on weekend nights in the old times" at the "Outback restaurant.
November 29, 2012 |
You know your parody worked brilliantly when someone -- ideally a big someone -- doesn't have a clue that it's a parody. The Onion did not, in Lincoln's phrase, fool all of the people all of the time. But it evidently fooled more than a quarter of a billion people for some of the time -- the subscribers and Web readers of China's Communist Party newspaper, the People's Daily, with more than 3 million subscribers worldwide and tens of millions of daily hits to its website. This organ of well-scrubbed “information” reported as sober fact the Onion's parody of People magazine's “sexiest person alive” listing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as its own sexiest man alive.
March 10, 2012 |
Dear SOS: I absolutely love the food at RockSugar in Century City. Everything is always so fresh and delicious. One of my favorites is the festive rice. Do you think you could obtain the recipe? Helga Niederhoff Pacific Palisades Dear Helga: RockSugar was happy to share its recipe for this wonderfully fragrant and flavorful rice. A garnish of chopped cashews emphasizes the nutty flavor of the rice. RockSugar's festive rice Total time: About 1 hour Servings: 8 to 10 Note: Adapted from RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen in Century City.
February 20, 2000
Having been a reader and admirer of the Onion for years, I must take issue with Jeff Softley's incomprehensible and long-winded condemnation (Letters, Jan. 30). The paper lampoons current events, politics, pop culture, newspapers and the media in general. Softley claims these subjects are irrelevant. Uhhh, not if you ever leave the house, or watch TV, or read the paper. In their brilliant book, "Our Dumb Century," the Onion takes on the entire history of the 20th century! In this work especially, they exhibit, to quote Softley, "wit and clarity, an incisive perception about what is being lampooned or discussed, which gets a laugh because of a core of truth in the observation expressed."