Today’s challenge: “The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.”
This proved to be my most frustrating challenge by far in that I accidentally erased my completed poem and ended up spending twice the time on this and posting it late. I am not at all sure that my second effort is as good as my first, but this challenge is now complete.
Potluck on the Page opens April 24 after sizable odds of panic inside and out on the modest, nearly cut-rate crowd attracted by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould.
The mousse has its herbal character, but is now an uninteresting clash, not a well-known dish. A narrow little recipe that suggests a brighter prognosis tweaks the mash-up, especially in the Luminous Chocolate, with its powerful lore, sense of honor, intriguing recovery and entry-level cult poem. The critic’s fatiguing theme is the Opulent Crockpot Cookbook, celebrating the Mercurial Kitchen and its knotty sensibility. Slightly fresher, with a syrupy example of cheese colonizing the treatment of cool rice and an adventure of the chef, it is offered with plush refreshing inducement and has a fresh, partly time-tested, prognosis along its rosy star. The exuberant Meaty Creation, refreshing, wet with unusual cultures and earthy potatoes, pops up beyond it.
All articles were taken from the Dining section of The New York Times, 04/16/14
(Base Text: Fabricant, Florence. “A Central Park Jewel Sparkles Again,” p. D5)
Tavern on the Green reopens April 24 after two years of work inside and out on the historic, nearly 150-year-old structure designed by Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould.
The interior has its own grandeur, but is now a polished jewel, not an Oscar-night tiara. A dignified baronial setting that suggests a hunt club supplants the glitter, especially in the Bar Room, with its scarlet upholstery, sweep of mahogany, imposing fireplace and half-timbered cathedral ceiling. The tavern’s new centerpiece is the Central Park Room, replacing the Crystal Room and its showy excess. Slightly smaller, with a simple wall of glass facing the expanse of repaved terrace and a view of the park, it is outfitted with gracious pale upholstery and has a partly open 21st-century kitchen along its back wall. The elegant South Wing, pale green with leafy mirrors and traditional woodwork, extends beyond it.
(Noun Text: Willoughby, John. “In the Kitchen With Clementine and Ruth,” p. D5)
(Adjective Text: Asimov, Eric. “Making the Best of Bad Weather,” p. D4)
(Verb Text: Wells, Pete. “Where He Cooks, They Will Follow,” pp. D1 and D6)