Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Drug dealers bankrolled Chez Panisse; Waters dropped LSD; hippie waiters stole wine, smok--zzzzzz ......

So according to this totally uptight Bloomberg money writer dude in snooty old "London," the new book on Alice Waters says her earliest investors were Marxist drug lords; her high-as-a-kite waiters stole $30,000 worth of wine and she personally almost went on a kill-crazy Zodiac-style rampage while high on LSD.

Channeling her longtime mentor Eric "Eazy-E" Wright, who invented gangsta rap after a stint in the Chez Panisse kitchen, Alice says something totally deep about the whole amazing scene and how everything is, like, connected:
"They (the drug dealers) were the only people who had money ... The only sort of counterculture people who had money. We couldn't get it from a bank. God knows."
Thankfully, we in the Bay Area don't get our "book reviews" from a Republican New York smear machine like Bloomberg any more than we get our dietary advice from "scientists" with "advanced degrees" from "accredited universities."

We have our own, totally unmedicated John Birdsall at the Express to speak truth to power, and he's not going to play the Man's little games. Tell him a story about drug-crazed restaurateurs who are frothing at the mouth as they hand satchels full of drug money to the criminal waiter gangs doping up patrons and plotting a communist revolution, and he'll calmly yawn, call your tale a boring, "incurious" "surface narrative" written by an obvious sellout and of course not mention any of this in his book review because it doesn't matter.


Thanks to the Express' Weatherman Chris Thompson for telling us which way the reactionary wind is blowing.

Bloomberg's story about drug deals, LSD and other things that put us to sleep in the Bay Area: Inside Dope on Chez Panisse, Complete With LSD, Stoned Waiters

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V Smoothe said...

Have you read the book yet?

March 27, 2007 8:39 PM  
Ryan said...

V: Not yet. Birdsall made it sound boring (which it could still be) but I'm getting more interested in doing so. I don't think I got a review copy or anything, but I am about a month behind on my snail mail!

March 27, 2007 10:18 PM  
V Smoothe said...

I'm third in line for it once they make it through processing at the OPL - who knows how long that will be, though. It doesn't sound exciting enough for me to justify spending actual money on. And I don't think it could possibly be more entertaining than the way JT talked about her in California Dish.

Although Birdsall's review sort of confused me - that Saveur piece that McNamee wrote about her was really mean. So why would she seek him out because she wanted a particularly flattering biographer? I don't get it.

March 28, 2007 9:17 AM  

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