Friday, May 16, 2008

Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale

From William Eggleston's Graceland, 1984

Amidst the woody leather scents at Bergdorf Goodman, this one stood out. Rootbeer! Or more precisely it smells like a cold glass of Dr. Pepper, consumed in the wooded study of Graceland.

From William Eggleston's 10 D.70.V2 portfolio

This is what I wanted to smell in Andy Tauer's Lonestar Memories. Sushi Imperiale is a cold Dr. Pepper at a Dairy Queen half way between Houston and Austin, in a small dusty town where the low scrub grows. It's sugar sweet brightness in a dark library. It would be camp if it weren't so fantastically good. I don't quite understand the sushi reference, my guess is that it's supposed to be like eating pickled ginger in a Kyoto temple because I get a variety of spices including ginger, cinnamon, pepper, orange, verbena, vanilla and woods. It manages to be cozily familiar and refreshing at the same time, just like my lonestar roadtrip favorites the Old 97's and the King himself.

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