Apropos of Nothing At All

Question 1
What do the toaster companies have against rye bread?

Attempt 1


Attempt 2


Question 2:
How does The Times Magazine’s in-house interviewer Deborah Solomon continue to land interviews with the newsworthy and notable?

Case in point: An excerpt from this week’s Q&A with the creator of HBO’s Entourage.

DS: I assume your milieu was less flashy than the one in “Entourage.”

Doug Ellin: My father is an accountant. Growing up on Long Island, I’d have one basketball for seven years. There was no grip left on this basketball. I don’t want to sound like I had a cheap father. He was not cheap, but he was very against waste.

DS: What advantage did that give you?

Doug Ellin: None.

DS: Great. Tell that to your analyst.


  1. #1 Roy
    June 9, 2007

    Over 20 years ago, I switched to a toaster oven, avoiding your problem. The bread I get is 6 inches across in the middle of the loaf, and two slices toast nicely in the toaster oven. (I’ve kept that one setting now for about five years.)

  2. #2 homer
    June 9, 2007

    It drives me nuts – I usually just cut off the ends and throw them away before toasting.

  3. #3 Alvaro
    July 5, 2007

    2) I guess the conversation is as stimulating to the interviewee and the column to the reader…she does an amazing job, showing the value of a reporter who displays critical thinking and judgement over “unbiased” reporting. We are all for people using their brains…

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