This week’s cover story in the Dallas Observer is “The Cheap Bastard’s Guide To Eating Like a Total Cheap Bastard in Dallas.” It is the first Observer cover story in a long time (or at least that I can recall) that feels to me like it’s actually alternative. Reading it doesn’t feel like homework. Alice Laussade (aka the Cheap Bastard) is a clever, profane writer. The accompanying illustrations and sidebars are quite funny. There’s a Venn diagram explaining kimchee fries. At the intersection of the two circles is, of course, kimchee fries. The left circle is “angels boning,” and the right circle is “a thousand meerkat smiles.” Yes, please. More of this. Maybe not every single week but certainly more often.
Note: you really need to pick up a hard copy of the paper. For one thing, the online version doesn’t even offer the intro to the story. Nor does it feature the Venn diagrams and other silly sidebars.