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During the "computer craze" of the 1950s and 1960s some people envisioned the machine replacing the human brain. It hasn't happened and, says the author, it probably never will. So we must still think for ourselves
Don’t he fooled by all those patronizing remarks about the Vice President’s intelligence, say two veteran Washington reporters. Inside that oxhide resides a fox.
Of a poetry festival that never took place, but could have, in a place that doesn’t exist, but might. Come to Ballyfungus, where silences are like the pauses in Beckett plays, some more significant than the dialogue, and the booze flows faster than the river Fung.
Yes, the French love good eating. . . . Their skill in combining simple raw materials to produce superlative dishes grows out of the idée fixe that anything eaten, even the daily potato, humble carrot and turnip and less tender cut of meat, must be well prepared. Gourmets are not made by eating occasional party fare or company meals or by infrequent excursions to famous restaurants. Good food must be eaten every day, every meal with each dish carefully prepared and suitably seasoned.
—Louis Diat in French Cooking for Americans