Which Came First?

The club sandwich or the frill?
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Cellophane is oddly fascinating, too

In bookstores now!
The Toothpick
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The Toothpick,” …is the work of a maddeningly sober pedant who is anything but a crowd pleaser.
Joe Queenan for The New York Times

Now there’s a book I don’t wish I wrote, but still… it’s got me thinking. About sandwich periphernalia. Frilly toothpicks, cutters,
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(girlie ones)
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(graphic ones)
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and sandwich keepers (“your best friend at work”).
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How do I live without this?

Vaguely related thought: A radio interview with Henry Petroski was introduced with a few words about the book, including a mention of its copious footnotes. Toothpicks juxtaposed with footnotes, ick. I once had a dentist named Dr. Footer and found that a bit disgusting, too.

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2 responses to “Which Came First?

  1. Check it out; the interviewer was a little off. There are no footnotes in this book, per se. There are endnotes, which is a very different thing in the publishing world.

    If there’s anything Petroski and his books aren’t, it’s pedantic or stuffy.

  2. Pingback: Oh, H.E. Double Toothpicks! « LUNCH ENCOUNTER

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