Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Most Beautiful Thing in America

I. The most beautiful thing in Tokyo is McDonald's. -– Andy Warhol, “Beauty,” The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to B and Back Again), 1975.

II. Venus Flytraps ring the city.

Venus Flytraps ring the city
Set to catch commuters:
38 Subways
31 Jack in the Box drive-throughs 
30 Sonic Drive-Ins
28 7-Elevens
26 McDonald’s
25 Whataburgers
23 Starbucks
22 Domino’s
17 Taco Bells and
17 Pizza Huts
16 Braum’s
14 Wendy’s
12 KFCs
11 Waffle Houses
10 Burger Kings
8 Denny’s and
8 IHOPs and
8 Long John Silver’s
7 Taco Cabanas and
7 Mexican Inns and
7 Taco Casas
3 Cheddar’s Casual Cafes and
2 Captain D’s.

Yes, Venus Flytraps ring the city
Set to catch commuters.

III. "The M stands for McDonald's, but the rounded m represents mummy's mammaries, according [to] the design consultant and psychologist Louis Cheskin. In the [1960s] McDonald's was prepared to abandon this logo, but Cheskin successfully urged the company to maintain this branding with its Freudian symbolism of a pair of nourishing breasts."  -- "Fast Food Factory: Attracting the Customers," BBC World Service Specials.

IV. In every city and in every town, an outpost. How about in your neck of the woods?

Today's Rune: The Self.  


jodi said...

Erik, those 'restaurants' are just recipes for fat. Gross!

Charles Gramlich said...

Nourishing breasts? egads, I got a laugh out of that one. I do eat MacDonalds about once a year, I'd say.