Sometimes in clear separation of light and darkness, sometimes in interwoven appearance the Shekhina hides and reveals herself, basically, naturally and in all her warmth and gentleness.
― Leonard Nimoy and Donald Kuspit, Shekhina
English is now the second language of at least one-sixth of the nation’s restaurant workers, and about one-third of that group speaks no English at all. The proportion of fast food workers who cannot speak English is even higher. Many know only the names of the items on the menu; they speak ‘McDonalds English.’
― Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.
― Carl N. Degler, Out of Our Past: The Forces That Shaped Modern America
Today our country is neither a melting pot nor a salad bowl. What is it? The answer is tonight’s word: Lunchables. Yes, Lunchables. Like the vacuum-packed snack tray, America should be patriotically divided into sanitary compartments of like-minded citizens, and we’re well on our way. We already know if we live in a red state or a blue state. Now you can know if you live in a God state or a gay state…There’s a serving size for every lifestyle. For instance, it is now legal for gay couples to get married in Massachusetts but only if they stay in Massachusetts… For all of us it’s a win-win. Now, traditionally I’ve been against gay marriage, but by attracting all the gays to one state, we can protect the sanctity of marriage in 49 others. Massachusetts will become like a gay Israel–a Gaysrael. The point is, like crackers and juice boxes, Americans may have their differences, but I believe we can come together by living hermetically sealed apart. If you disagree with your neighbor, just find a new neighbor–one just like you. And eventually we’ll each be in our ideal communities. And that’s the word.
― Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report (video)
Some light reading, followed by a hearty fast food meal. Like Ishiguro, I’m not concerned if the Kung Pao Chicken on my plate touches the Nachos and Guacamole. Vamos a comer!