Quote of the day: Olympic food

From Anthony Lane’s hilarious account of the Olympics in the New Yorker:

“The fact is that the Olympic Games could happen anywhere. They seem to unfold in a vast and spotless nowhere. I could have been in Melbourne, or Toronto, where at least the food would have been better—where the Chinese food would have been better.”

And from the same source

“Long before this year’s competition began, on August 10th, I was lost in the arcana of the American press handout, which explained that the stuff the [synchronized] swimmers rub into their hair, to keep it helmet-hard and out of their smiles as they cavort, is unflavored Knox gelatin, “also used in Jell-O and cheesecake.” The main ingredient of Knox is “soft horse cartilage.” Add the Knox to the nose clips that the women affix, for those tricky submarine somersaults, and you get an unsavory blend of sport, cooking class, and circus.”

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3 Responses to “Quote of the day: Olympic food”

  1. stephen23 Says:

    But where else could Lane get the heady scent of totalitarianism with his sport!?

  2. jafapete Says:

    Saudi Arabia? Oops.

  3. stephen23 Says:

    They must be readying their 2042 bid along with lobbying to include oiled-up wrestling…

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