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Bottles of Sriracha chili sauce on the shelves of a supermarket in Rosemead.
Yes, it's true: Sriracha might vanish from our shelves for a little while.
It's been dubbed the Srirachapocalypse. People are worried.
Americans have become so obsessed and dependent on Sriracha that in 2012 we sucked down $60 million worth of the stuff. We've read cookbooks, watched documentaries, Lays created a potato chip flavor based on the sauce and now even Subway carries a Sriracha Chicken Melt.
We've invested so much of ourselves in that venerable red and green bottle that we can no longer see the spicy forest for the trees. We need to relax. The world offers thousands of different hot sauces. Many of them are better than Sriracha.
Here are five alternatives to get you through this difficult time:
To anyone born before the mid-1980s, the term "Wishbook" or "Christmas catalog" probably has special meaning. Though Sears was first to market with its trademark Wishbook holiday catalog in the 1930s, by the 1960s other catalog retailers were publishing and sending out their own holiday editions.
(The 1933 Spiegel Christmas catalog. Image: WishbookWeb.com)
These Christmas holiday catalogs enticed customers with all manner of merchandise suitable for gift-giving, including a bounty of toys.
Growing up the 1970s (I'm 44), I considered the arrival of the Sears Wishbook and JCPenny Christmas catalog a special time in my household. With all the complaining today about holiday marketing moving earlier and earlier in the year, it might surprise you to learn that these holiday catalogs typically arrived in stores and mailboxes by late August.
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This weekend, David Lynch fans could slam through "Twin Peaks" (it's on Netflix) and then go see some of Lynch's non-film visual art at Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery. The LA Times says the exhibition, called "Naming," includes watercolors, drawings and other pieces by the filmmaker. And you can bet it will all be very Lynchian.
He hasn't given us a full-length movie in a while, but maybe he's just giving us time to process 2006's "Inland Empire." The ever-versatile artist, Lynch did release a full-length album earlier this year, titled "The Big Dream":
Another of Lynch's many talents? Cooking Quinoa:
"Naming" was curated by Brett Littman, Executive Director of the Drawing Center in New York. Opening reception is Saturday, Nov. 23 (6-8pm) and the show runs through Jan. 4, 2014 at Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery. More info at Kayne Griffin Corcoran's website.
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Lari Pittman.
Lari Pittman; New National Anthem and Lamentation Duet with Birds (After Puccini); 2013; Cel-vinyl and spray enamel gessoed paper; Framed Dimensions: 33.25 x 23/1/8 x 2 inches (84.5 x 58.7 x 5.1 cm); Image Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches; (77.5 x 51.4 cm); 8 drawings
How do you paint a history of the West? How do you visually convey how we see the world today and how we got here in the first place?
With his new exhibition at Regen Projects, called "From a Late Western Impaerium," L.A. artist Lari Pittman reaches into the past, reports from the present, and questions what makes a modern "history painting."
In many ways, the whole exhibition seems a little like a lamentation, a longing for a more innocent time — before we had internalized violence on a mass scale. Severe images such as nooses, cross-hairs and firearms drift through the paintings and become part of what Pittman calls the intractable weave of our larger story.
"With almost every week a mass shooting occurring, the proliferation of guns, ... even though an overwhelming amount of citizens are not the recipients of violent crime, ... we're still called upon to internalize this ongoing, protracted state of being at war in someone else's land or the domestic violence that pervades the evening news," Pittman says.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe scores a rare Double-Selfie. (Selfie picked 2013 Oxford Word of the Year)
selfie noun, informal
(also selfy; plural selfies)
a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website
Oxford Dictionaries today announced that selfie beat twerking, schmeat, and bitcoin to become its international Word of the Year 2013.
It's all about the numbers. We're taking selfies, we're posting selfies and writing, "here's my selfie."
Oxford Dictionaries, the folks who give us the compendious Oxford English Dictionary, uses a computer program to detect all the "selfies" out there, and says use is up 17,000 percent over this time last year.
You can thank or blame the Aussies:
Selfie can actually be traced back to 2002 when it was used in an Australian online forum. The word gained momentum throughout the English-speaking world in 2013 as it evolved from a social media buzzword to mainstream shorthand for a self-portrait photograph. Its linguistic productivity is already evident in the creation of numerous related spin-off terms showcasing particular parts of the body like helfie (a picture of one’s hair) and belfie (a picture of one’s posterior); a particular activity – welfie (workout selfie) and drelfie (drunken selfie), and even items of furniture – shelfie and bookshelfie.
2002 ABC Online (forum posting) 13 Sept.
“Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie.”
-- Oxford Dictionaries