March 28th, 2006

The gentleman is always properly dressed

II. You're waiting for me to say something to you.

"She is beautiful I think. She has straight dark hair and it frames her face with a blunt fringe. Her eyes are big and the dark eyeliner she wears accentuates them. Her mouth is curious, sort of wide and flat and she seems always to be smoking. I want to take up smoking myself. And I think as I watch her smoke that I shall buy a packet of cigarettes after the screening."
-Mairead Phillips, "How Anna Karina Changed My Life"

"Why must one always talk? Often one shouldn't talk but live in silence. The more one talks the less words mean." -Anna Karina in Vivre Sa Vie
Beer Brewing Monkeys of Borneo

Maybe I'm just jealous

In part through recommendation, in part through happy accident, we've started watching The Thirsty Traveler on Fine Living. I've mixed feelings. To be fair, it has been interesting and informative, and the host keeps having experiences of things I could see myself devoting my life to. On the other hand, because there is such a light gloss of any given topic, I'm left wondering just exactly what has been left out.

Part of the problem lies in the presentation. I get the impression that the host is relatively knowledgeable, but his approach to the show is a kind of cultivated ignorance. This can work, but I think it can be overdone. It's one thing to be fun and open to new experience, but from time to time, the host comes across as a obnoxious American tourist.

Another issue is that it feels like the show tries to do too much with any given episode. Tonight's thirty minute episode was about Belgian beer. Not a partcular kind, mind you, but ALL Belgian beer. This strikes me as the rough equivalent of using that time to "cover" the cheeses of France. (DeGaulle is reported to have said, "How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred forty-six kinds of cheese?") He did have the good sense to make his way to Brasserie Caracole, but the bare treatment of Abbey ales, Lambics, and Wit left me thinking that any one of the styles could have generated enough material to fill entire episodes.

And where were the Flanders and Farmhouse style ales?