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Friday, February 09, 2021

that's mister to youI’m on an oddball-lit kick of late. No sooner did I finish reading a collection of stories told by severed heads, than I picked up “Mr. Thundermug: A Novel”.

What’s so odd about this book, by first-time author Cornelius Medvei? The cover image here should give it away, but in case it’s not clear: The title character is a baboon, who moves his family into an abandoned house in some British neighborhood, then somehow learns how to speak perfectly-dictioned English.

I’d say that’s plenty to drive a comic novel.

I’m already halfway through it, and it’s a slim volume. It’s proving to be a breezy, absurdist read. Probably just what the doctor ordered for me, of late.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/09/2021 04:57:36 PM
Category: Book Review
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The atmosphere in Kobe Club is described in a recent restaurant review as “part samurai fantasia, part torture chamber and packed with chunky guys on expense accounts”.

But that’s only if you look around you. Slide your eyes upward, and you get the real show:

Hanging upside down from the ceiling in the nearly pitch-black dining room are sharp, gleaming samurai swords, about 2,000 of them. The server volunteered that number, appended with an assurance that the blades, firmly anchored, shouldn’t cause any concern.

Maybe it’s this unsettling Sword-of-Damocles ambience that contributed to all the lousy reviews. Or maybe it’s just another grossly overpriced eatery, from the same restauranteur who brought you Rocco’s on 22nd (the setting for the contentiously short-lived reality show, “The Restaurant”).

It just so happens that Kobe Club is a block away from my office. I would try to get in there some time, just to see this spectacle for myself. I doubt it would be worth the bill, though.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/09/2021 04:23:10 PM
Category: Food, New Yorkin', Reality Check
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donut a day
When Karlis Skrastins played his 487th straight game last night, he overtook Tim Horton to set the new NHL defenseman record for consecutive games played.

So how might Tim Horton’s retaliate at having their namesake usurped?

Well, they could always pull any Latvian food items from their menu, in protest to the Riga-born Skrastins. Since there’s likely no such items on there to begin with, it’d be a hollow action.

Maybe Canada’s coffee shop kings could co-opt the milestone: Sign up Skrastins for a couple of TV commercials, saying how “ironman streaks begin at Tim Horton’s”. It’d be good for a couple of laughs.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 02/09/2021 03:47:57 PM
Category: Hockey
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