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.
Last fall, I wrote a column about the Bad Sex in Fiction Award presented annually by the Literary Review in Britain. “No one raises an eyebrow if you talk about what doesn’t strike you as erotic,” I kvetched, suggesting that praising good depictions of sex would require a lot more nerve. Writing well about sex — one of life’s most delightful and important activities — is difficult, so instead of sneering and sniggering at the authors who get it wrong, why not celebrate the ones who succeed?
Several of our readers asked that we step up and do just that, and so Salon’s first annual Good Sex Award was born. We canvassed a cross section of our literary friends, asking them to recommend favorite passages about sex in works of fiction published in 2010. After whittling those suggestions down to eight, we enlisted a panel of four judges — Maud Newton, Walter Kirn, Louis Bayard and myself — for the solemn task of selecting the winner.
Until Monday, we’ll be publishing two of those excerpts per day (on Sunday we will be publishing just the runner up), with the winner appearing on Valentine’s Day, along with comments from our judges. And yes, the scheduling is a little bit cheesy, but look at it this way: There isn’t a single dopey double-entendre in this entire introduction, which ought to make up for it.
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.
We're thrilled to announce Salon's first-ever Good Sex Awards, recognizing the best sex writing in fiction from the past year. We've convened a panel of literary star judges -- Walter Kirn, Maud Newton, Louis Bayard and Salon's own Laura Miller -- to reward the best-written, most
interesting and most convincing piece of sex writing published in a novel in 2010. We'll be rolling out excerpts from the finalists starting on Thursday, Feb. 10, and announcing our winner on Valentine's Day. We hope to make the Good Sex Award an annual event, so, over the next 12 months, we invite Salon readers to send their nominations for our 2012 awards to email@example.com.