Welcome to Summer Wednesday!

Indignity Vol. 4, No. 116

Welcome to Summer Wednesday!


SUMMERTIME IS NOT so much unstructured as it is alternatively structured. So thanks to your editor spending a long day sitting at the wheel of a rented Toyota Camry instead of at a desk, we're presenting our Summer Friday minimal post right here in the middle of the week. You can look forward to a shiny new WORST THING WE READ™ on Friday, after Thursday's usual iteration of the MR WRONG column.

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A gauzy application of a flat thin cloud surface with blue showing through and a chalk-line of cloud going horizontally

New York City, July 9, 2024

★ The heat should have been prohibitive but the schedule couldn't be changed. The downtown train was air conditioned, though the ventilation wasn't running strongly enough to clear the weed smoke. Choosing the shady side of the street over the sunny one was vitally important. Everyone looked more gaunt and miserable in their passport photos than normal, even for passport photos. A five-block detour to get a loaf of bread was impossible; even crossing the avenue to get a refreshing drink seemed like too much work. Afterward the sun was still high but there was nothing more to be wrung out of the day.

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CLICK ON THIS box to find the Indignity Morning Podcast archive:

Tom Scocca reads you the newspaper.
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WE PRESENT INSTRUCTIONS in aid of the assembly of a sandwich—Serve before the soup—selected from Mrs. Ericsson Hammond's Salad Appetizer Cook Book, by Maria Matilda Ericsson Hammond. Published in 1924, and now in the Public Domain and available at archive.org for the delectation of all.

Stuffed Egg with Olives à la Murial

Friandise d’Oeufs aux Olives à la Muriel
For Six Persons

Six slices of bread, three eggs, one green pepper, two spoons of whipped cream, four olives, two teaspoonfuls of anchovy paste, three tomatoes, cayenne pepper and salt.

How to Make It. Cut the bread in even slices and cut it out with a round biscuit cutter; spread it with butter and some anchovy paste mixed. Hard boil the eggs, time twelve minutes, leave in the water until cold and then cut them in halves lengthwise and stuff; put the tomatoes in hot water, remove the skin and cut them in thin slices; put a slice of tomato on each sandwich and on top of that put the stuffed eggs. Arrange them lengthwise in the form of a ring on a platter and put a tiny handle of the green pepper in each that first has been cut and left in ice-water until crisp. Garnish with parsley in the center and serve as an appetizer.

Filling. Stir the yolks to a cream with one tablespoon of butter; add the olives that first have been finely chopped and then add the two spoons of whipped cream.

If you decide to prepare and attempt to enjoy a sandwich inspired by this offering, be sure to send a picture to indignity@indignity.net. 

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Supplies are really and truly running low of the second printing of 19 FOLK TALES, still available for gift-giving and personal perusal! Sit in the crushing heat with a breezy collection of stories, each of which is concise enough to read before the thunderstorms start.

HMM WEEKLY MINI-ZINE, Subject: GAME SHOW, Joe MacLeod’s account of his Total Experience of a Journey Into Television, expanded from the original published account found here at Hmm DailyThe special MINI ZINE features other viewpoints related to an appearance on, at, and inside the teevee game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, available for purchase at SHOPULA.

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