Large supermarket chains in Los Angeles are banned from bagging food in plastic bags. Starting July 1st that rule applies to mom-and-pop grocery stores as well. This has paper and…
Large supermarket chains in Los Angeles are banned from bagging food in plastic bags. Starting July 1st that rule applies to mom-and-pop grocery stores as well.
This has paper and reusable bags feeling very pleased with themselves, as we learn from an episode of Everything Talks that takes place in the line of a Wholefoods store, written and performed for DnA by Tom Saunders. Shockingly, however, the plastic bag makes a comeback.
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Comedy writer Tom Saunders (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me), on the other hand, has long fantasized that the stuff around us actually talks, and he has created a series for DnA, called Everything Talks, that proves it.
In Everything Talks, produced and edited in collaboration with Frances Anderton, buildings and objects (often brand-name designer products) bicker over who’s best. They puff out their chests, brag and trash talk, trying to best their rival. The segment spotlights the thrill of rivalry and in doing so has fun with the status we humans attach to our objects.
On this first outing, Tom, a passionate aficionado of design and architecture, starts in his own living room, in a white, mid-century style home. There, two classic pieces of furniture have been doing some trash-talking.
One is the Eames Lounge Chair by Charles and Ray Eames, the other is the LC3 Grande sofa designed by the French-Swiss architect Le Corbusier. “I can’t help that you are a plywood and leather cliché,” sneers the sofa. When the chair responds that no one would even want to sit in Corb’s design because of its uncomfortable “low back cushions”, the sofa retorts, “I will never understand the American hatred of discomfort. . . I am not a beanbag chair, I am a machine for sitting in. . .”
Listen to their entire conversation, below. Above, Tom sits, comfortably, in the Eames chair, left, and uncomfortably, in the Le Corbusier sofa with its low back cushions, right.
Everything Talks 1: An Eames Lounge Chair and an LC3 Grande Sofa
Performed by Tom Saunders.