Fans of Joe Queenan will recall a series of articles he wrote for Spy Magazine in the early 90s called “Admit it! It Sucks!” in which he skewered various things–jazz, “San Francisco”–that all good serious cultured intellectuals are supposed to say they love but that, if they were honest with themselves, would admit actually suck.
As ridiculous as it seems, this is definitely worth a meme. List three things that everybody says they love but really, if truth be told, suck. Then pass it along to three blawgers who you either love or hate, according to how you feel about memes.
Sushi. It’s raw fish, for God’s sake! It’s what you would step over so as not to get it on your shoe. And people not only eat it, but pay to eat it. If I was trying to torture someone, I’d give sushi serious consideration. It sucks.
Pinot Grigio. It tastes like petroleum detritus. But if enough people say a wine tastes good, all the people who can’t tell the difference will agree. Whoever started people on drinking Pinot Grigio must be laughing awfully hard.
Soccer. The perfect game for people who think baseball is too exciting.
I wonder what Bennett, Gideon and Tannebaum will have to say? Of course, Tannebaum may not be familiar with things cultured intellectuals are supposed to say they love. We’ll see.
Update: Hidden camera photograph of Jay Wexler happily eating giant killer asparagus after cricket match. Crystal stemware glass filled to the brim with Pinot Grigio not pictured.