Category Archives: Gus

Tuesday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. I am back in Chicago for about three weeks until the three-week Jerry Coyne ” Ganapati All India Tour” takes place, but I’ll need the rest. Today is National Cranberry Day, a food once eaten only on Thanksgiving but now the basis of a tasty beverage. It’s also […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning: it’s Thursday, November 16, 2017, and by the time you read this, I’ll be on the way to O’Hare. I will arrrive early, so I can sit in the United Rich People’s Lounge and eat and drink and get free wireless . It’s National Almond Day, of no importance whatsoever, but clearly created […]

Sunday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Sunday, November 12, 2017: Ceiling Cat’s Day. It’s one of the worst food holidays of the year: National Pizza With Anchovies Day. I cannot abide that malodorous fish, and will not eat it on pizza or anything else! It’s also World Pneumonia Day. If you’re over 60, get your pneumococcal pneumonia shots […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on a chilly Thursday in Chicago: it’s November 9, 2017, and it’s both National Greek Yogurt Day and National Chocolate Cupcake Day. It’s also Schicksalstag (Day of Fate) in Germany, celebrating five events that happened on November 9, including Kristallnacht and the end of a divided Berlin. We may have some snow today […]

Tuesday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Tuesday (the cruelest day), November 7, 2017: National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day (clearly a collusion between Big Choco and Big Almond). But Google has a food day of its own: a celebration of pad thai, the dish that Americans nearly always order in Thai restaurants because it’s “safe” (and, I admit, […]

Wednesday: Hili dialogue

It’s now officially November: Wednesday, November 1, 2017. To celebrate the onset of the new month, as I have done before , I’ll post Wallace Stevens’s poem on the degeneration of the seasons: Metamorphosis by Wallace Stevens Yillow, yillow, yillow, Old worm, my pretty quirk, How the wind spells out Sep – tem – ber…. […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

Well, it’s Friday, October 27, 2017, and precisely the 300th day of the year. What better way to celebrate by having a spud on National Potato Day? More important, in the UK it’s Black Cat Appreciation Day. Matthew sent the official tweet from Cats Protection: Today is #BlackCatDay please give these guys that #FridayFeeling and […]

Thursday: Hili dialogue

Good morning; it’s Thursday, October 26, 2017, and we’re already moving toward Halloween—and November. It’s the 299th day of the year. It’s also National Mincemeat Pie Day, a dessert I eschew rather than chew. And it’s Intersex Awareness Day. I have shoulder therapy this morning, so posting may be a bit light. But it comes to […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Good morning on Saturday, October 21, 2017. It’s going to be another beautiful day in Cambridge, even though back in Chicago the Cubs, after last year’s Moment of Glory, have resumed their status as Perennial Losers. But there’s one down side: it’s National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day: a travesty of a food if ever there was […]

Friday: Hili dialogue

OMG: it’s Friday the 13th (October, 2017), supposedly an unlucky day. But the odds are there will be at least one such day per year given that there are 12 thirteenths per year and only seven days of the week. And yesterday, at least, was lucky for the Chicago Cubs, who won the Central Division […]