2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Joe Wenderoth is the author of two poetry collections, “Disfortune” (1995) and “It Is If I Speak” (2000), both published by Wesleyan University Press. “Letters to Wendy’s” is his first work of fiction. He teaches at Southwest State University in Minnesota.
“Letters to Wendy’s” is a collection of ficticious diary entries, written on Wendy’s restaurant customer-comment cards. “Tell us about your visit,” these cards encourage, and Wenderoth took the fast-food chain up on its offer. Hilarious, bizarre and tragic, the genre-bending novel traces a year in the life and thoughts of an unnamed narrator obsessed not only by Biggies and Frosties but also by consumerism, sex and mortality.
Joe Wenderoth read from “Letters to Wendy’s” at KGB Bar in New York recently, as part of the bar’s Monday Night Poetry series. Featured here is the entire reading [in two parts], including Wenderoth’s introduction and an opening poem, which he dedicated to the “anniversary of John Berryman being drunk once.”
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.