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Weekend Words: Garlic

Weekend Words was saddened this week by the news of the death of filmmaker Les Blank. While his best-known movie is probably Burden of Dreams (1982), a behind-the-scenes look at the epic struggles undertaken by visionary German director Werner Herzog in the making of Fitzcarraldo, for the most part Blank’s work celebrated the music and food of America’s vanishing subcultures.

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Weekend Words: Blessings

The coverage of New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith’s pursuit of the New York City mayoralty revealed this detail, courtesy of Kenneth Lovett of the NY Daily News: In Queens, a sign at Smith’s district office read, “Theme of the Week: Blessings Have No Restrictions.” Following suit, Weekend Words has made ‘blessings’ its theme of the week as well.

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Weekend Words: Honey

A brief report in this week’s Science Times tells us that “some plants, notably coffee and citrus, attract pollinators with caffeine-laced nectar, which gets the bees hooked as repeat customers.” Weekend Words welcomes the news of a hitherto unknown species of caffeine addicts with a squirt of honey.