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Calamari

Posted on: May 13, 2009

calamari
\kah-luh-MAHR-ee\ | noun

1 : squid used as food

I’m sorry but this is one of the most boring words a day ever. First of all, calamari is just ewww. But beside that, it’s just calamari. Maybe if I liked eating it I could write a long and lyrical essay about the best dining experience I ever had. And maybe I would conclude with a selection of my favorite calamari recipes. But calamari is just gross so that’s just not going to happen here.

Ok, rant over. And even though I said I wasn’t going to follow my original pattern like some kind of automaton, for this word it actually pays off. The first link is to Calamari Press. I couldn’t find a page that described the genres they publish or what they look for. But to give you an idea, they’ve published The Night I Dropped Shakespeare on the Cat. Just reading the small sample of text from the author, John Olson, makes me want to read the rest of this book. Just this: “The space in which I believed there to be a cat and there was no cat was that delicious space we call a fiction.” They describe his writing as “prose poems, surreal flash fiction, wildly speculative essays” and it sounds fascinating. If that’s an example of the books they publish then I say we should all give their catalog a thorough perusal.

Now the first image. Feast your eyes on The Calamari Wrestler.


Source: Cinema Strikes Back Click to go to original page.

Yes, it is a Japanese film from 2004. To quote from the review: “The Calamari Wrestler is part sports melodrama, part love story, and part inspirational fable, played (mostly) with a straight face, except that half the cast are giant walking sea creatures in wrestling boots.” Oh how do I long for Joel and the Bots to riff on this film. I have a fit of the giggles just looking at the picture. I’m so tempted to find this and watch; I think it would be an amazing mood booster.

And look: it’s on Netflix: “A gargantuan squid (Osamu Nishimura) who’s captured the hearts of wrestling fans everywhere by winning the championship becomes the object of a sweet young woman’s (Kana Ishida) affection. But when other sea creatures start gunning for his throne, he must defend his supremacy without losing his love.”

Oh yes, I must add this to my queue immediately. This is going to be too much fun. And I take it all back. This was the furthest thing from a boring word a day you can get.

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