Indignity Vol. 3, No. 111


Indignity Vol. 3, No. 111

A Visit to Phantom Fireworks in Shrewsbury, PA

FIREY FROG in action:

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New York City, July 6, 2023

★★★ Daylight filtered through the empty air conditioner grill onto the rust and crud where the broken unit had been, before the new one slid into place. The newly enhanced BTU output pushed the chill all the way to the rear of the apartment. The sight of the clear blue sky made it seem as if things could be nice out, but in fact the light blinded the eyes and the thick air stifled the nose. Ants seethed around the edges of something unidentifiable squashed into the sidewalk. A gust of breeze sent plane tree bark clattering down through the leaves and branches, off the top of a parked Audi, and onto the sidewalk. The shadows of a flock of pigeons swept across the face of a walkup building.


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WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS for the assembly of select sandwiches from Nine Hundred Successful Recipes, by Lulu Thompson Silvernail, Domestic Science Teacher for The Southwestern Milling Company, Inc. Published in 1923, this book is in the Public Domain and available at for the delectation of all.

Have in readiness the following articles, since a club sandwich must be made as quickly as possible in order to have the toast still warm when served.

Medium thin slices of bread with edges trimmed
Slice cold chicken, white meat only
Thin slices of tomatoes that are not too ripe
Lettuce leaves
Riped or stuffed olives
Olive oil mayonnaise dressing
Thin slices of bacon

Toast the bread to a light brown. Lay one slice of bread down and spread a leaf of lettuce on first, then lay a full layer of chicken. Over this spread a little mayonnaise, 2 thin slices of tomato, and 2 slices of bacon. Place another piece of toast over this, and on top of second piece of toast place lettuce, chicken, mayonnaise, bacon, and tomato as on first layer. Now place another layer of toast over this. This makes 2 fillings and 3 layers of toast. With a sharp knife cut the bread from corner to corner, making a three-cornered sandwich. Place two of these on a plate and stick toothpicks through the sandwiches at both ends, fastening an olive on the top of each pick. Two tender shoots of celery should be placed on the plate also.

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