“The Pic-Nic” Song

“The Pic-Nic” Song

Corny picnic satire was long in vogue in the English music before Gilbert and Sullivan’s Thespis, or The Gods Grown Old premiered in 1871. [Posted elsewhere on PicnicWit.Com] “The Pic-Nic” an 1829 song (sung to the air of “Here’s the Maiden of Bashful Fifteen,” from...
Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Fish Fry Picnics in The Green Pastures

Broadway audiences ignored issues of racial stereotyping in The Green Pastures, Marc Connelly’s dramatization of Roark Bradford’s Ol’ Man Adam. * How charming to see African American angels with white wings dressed in brightly colored robes preparing for their eternal...
Charles McCarry’s Picnic on the Grass

Charles McCarry’s Picnic on the Grass

The picnic in Charles McCarry’s The Secret Lovers, a Cold War spy-versus-spy novel, is a sly allusion to Édouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe. When Paul Christopher’s boss David Patchen complains that Impressionists bore him and “Picnics explain nothing,” Paul...
Wilfred Toadflax is a Gourmand

Wilfred Toadflax is a Gourmand

Wilfred Toadflax’s surprise birthday is a picnic feast of picnic feast of cakes and pies and jellies and fruits. It’s the kind of high carb meal that makes your teeth hurt. Mr. Apple’s grace suggests that the food is local, but not as he suggest from...
Picnic Clambake in Carousel

Picnic Clambake in Carousel

As everyone knows, a picnic is happy, and Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s “A Real Nice Clambake” celebrates the camaraderie and good spirits, while a the same time providing a recipe for the clambake: codfish chowder (with onions and ribbons of salt pork)...
Gertrude Stein’s Very Happy Picnic

Gertrude Stein’s Very Happy Picnic

Gertrude Stein is a difficult writer, especially when she experimented with eliminating adjectives, imagery, and grammar. She argued that you either got her meaning or you didn’t. The results were hit or miss. (They still are.) Ben Hecht reviewing Geography and Plays...
Twentieth Century Menu for  Bellini’s The Feast of the Gods

Twentieth Century Menu for Bellini’s The Feast of the Gods

Inspired by Giovanni Bellini’s The Feast of the Gods, Lorenza De’ Medici created a this menu forth Artist’s Table (1995). De Medici promises foods are full of the flavor of the Renaissance. Passes for modern taste. But it’s difficult to imagine Bellini or...
Alice Toklas’ Picnic Sandwiches

Alice Toklas’ Picnic Sandwiches

The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook (1954) suggests that chopped roast beef and chopped chicken with mushrooms make the best picnic sandwiches. However, when these were not enough, Toklas and her partner Gertrude Stein stopped at restaurants where they might dine on Morvan...
Welty’s “Asphodel”

Welty’s “Asphodel”

Asphodel is the wild flower the Greeks associated with Hades, the underworld. Eudora Welty’s “Asphodel” (1942) is a story about an Ante-Bellum mansion ruined by fire that was a living Hell for the “outraged” Miss Sabina, unhappy wife of the “profane” Mr. Don McInnis....