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Ecuador: Monkeyccino

December 30, 2010

Ecuador grows a lot of really good coffee beans, which they then export. Then they make Sanka. I am not joking. Order a cafe con leche in most places, and you will get a cup of hot milk with instant coffee stirred in. In one place, a request for coffee was met with a waiter bringing me a cup of hot water and a jar of instant coffee, so I could prepare it myself. This is how offended British people are when served “tea” in this manner in American restaurants.

So, after two days in Quito’s Old Town, I have decamped to the New Town — specifically, to the Mariscal neighborhood sometimes lovingly referred to as “Gringolandia.” There is exactly one coffee shop, Ethnic Coffee, that serves good espresso. Very good espresso, in fact! The waiters make a different design on my cappuccino every time — leaves, flowers, happy faces. And today, a monkey!

Update 1/6/10 — SWANCCINO!

Bullish: Maybe Work-Life Balance Means You Should Work MORE

December 30, 2010

I’m in Ecuador! Here is a Nativity collage.

December 30, 2010

Click to enlarge. Photo by Eric Walton.

New on TheGloss

December 26, 2010

New on TheGloss: How to Make Money as an Artsy-Artist Commie Pinko Weirdo

December 17, 2010

Video: What Philosophy Majors Do After College

December 13, 2010

Here is a clip from my one-woman show, What Philosophy Majors Do After College. This bit is about my stint as an egg donor (a popular profession for the more fecund of philosophy grads).

Just prior to this clip, I had lost my job and was wondering how on earth a philosophy grad could even make rent.

Jennifer Dziura on Egg Donation in “What Philosophy Majors Do After College” from Jennifer Dziura on Vimeo.

This is a clip from later in the show, in a segment called “Problems in Philosophy”:

Jennifer Dziura on Trolley Ethics in “What Philosophy Majors Do After College” from Jennifer Dziura on Vimeo.

Bullish: Narcissism is No Longer a Mental Illness

December 12, 2010

Interview with Paradigm Shift

December 7, 2010

This Thursday, I will be appearing in Paradigm Shift’s feminist comedy night.  I was asked to answer a few questions via email, and once I’d finished, I looked at the email and said, I don’t think they’re going to publish my responses.  I once did an interview with Ladies Who Launch about being a woman in business, and my responses were massively redacted so as not to possibly challenge any distaff milquetoast with an internet connection.  And, in 2007 on a Mideast tour to entertain the troops, I wrote about all the comics’ having their interviews completely scrapped and replaced with fabricated “proud to be an American” quotes.

In any case, Paradigm Shift published my responses verbatim, allowing me to get off my chest my annoyance with the incredibly solipsistic view that expressing ourselves is a public service.  It really fucking depends.  Anyway, Paradigm Shift is made up of some great people.

What should people expect from “F:Word: Feminism, Funny, and Fearless!”?

Jennifer: Well, to begin with, those of us who are menstruating are going to tell jokes from a hut offstage, because we are impure.  Also, we are obviously going to be very bitchy.

Go here for the full interview.

Monday is my 2^5th birthday!

December 4, 2010

Work it out — I was born in the ’70s!

I also like exponent jokes.

Frosty the Snowman on the 3 Train and a Case of Mistaken Vegetable Identity: Some Photos of Some Things That Happened

December 2, 2010

This is me on my balcony looking all Dagny-like. Thanks to Eric Walton for the photography.

I ordered a turnip from FreshDirect and instead I was sent a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or rather a parsnip perniciously mislabeled as a turnip. Two weeks before, I was sent mint labeled as escarole.

And here’s Frosty the Snowman on the 3 train. Yep. That happened. Thumbs up!

New on TheGloss

December 2, 2010