Grocery shopping was never this much fun!

September 28, 2008

What a hoot! One of the most hilarious books I’ve read recently has to be Hillary Carlip’s A la Cart: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers.

OK, so it sounds weird – and it is – but what Carlip has done is to take abandoned shopping lists, and invented characters around them. But she goes it all one better, and dresses up as the characters she’s invented. Think: Tracey Ullman goes grocery shopping!

Carlip has written full biographies of her characters, but what really is the kicker is the photographs in this book. Take a look at her video to see some previews (warning: contains PG-13 material and some content may be mildly offensive.) Her transformations into the various characters are amazing (only 1 or 2 are not thoroughly convincing) and hilarious! Quirky, but cool!

© writingreading, 2008

The Cost of Voter Apathy

September 27, 2008

Because of the historic occasion of Barack Obama’s nomination, I’ve been reflecting on the legacy of the past 50 years in Civil Rights. In 1950 in the South, black and white children could not attend school together, and could not even drink from the same water fountain. Sure, it’s taken too long, but what a historic and momentous occasion this is for our country – regardless of which political party you belong to or which candidate you support.

If you’re fed up with politics, too cynical to believe either of the candidates, or just plain tempted to give up and sit this election out, just remember this. Men (and probably some women) died trying to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Read about Freedom Summer in Mississippi in 1964, and learn the cost of those brave individuals who refused to be turned away from the polls.

No matter what party, no matter which candidate, honor those who have come before and exercise your right to Vote!

(I’ve avoided making political posts on my blog – that’s not what this blog is about. However, knowing the cost of gaining the right to vote is important, and we all owe a debt to those who went before us. All comments on this blog are moderated. No comments that are stridently and obnoxiously endorsing one candidate over another will be accepted, due to a desire to avoid political flame wars. There’s enough of that elsewhere. Besides, if you feel that strongly about your candidate, then obviously you can be counted on to cast your vote! I’m just trying to do my tiny part to try to keep civility in the debate.)

© writingreading, 2008