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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Eminem, Buddha, Cilantro, and Ice Cube

I absolutely fell in love with London's easy-to-read newspaper Metro when I was there. Any newspaper that has stories comparing Eminem to Buddha and covering the growing online debate over the taste of cilantro is a newspaper I want to read every day. Unfortunately, very few of their articles seem to make it online. A recent interview with Ice Cube did.

Guys like Public Enemy, KRS-One, even me, we’re dangerous because we’re talking about what the government’s doing.
By the way, the best graph from the Metro's article on Eminem and Buddha (sorry, it's not online):
In his new book Buddha Or Bust, Perry Garfinkel says the Buddha's wisdom is cryptically encoded in the rap star's songs...

'In the song Lose Your Self, the line "You better lose yourself in the music, the moment," mirrors the Buddhist meditative practice of mindfulness, in which the practioner lives in the here and now. By being present in the moment, he finds himself.'
The article does give examples of non-Buddhist Eminem lyrics:

Hellbound - "I ain't trying to shoot you, I'm trying to chop
you into pieces and eat you."
More on the book here and here.

Best part of the article on cilantro (also not online):

But our love-hate relationship with the herb is not just a modern trend, as you can tell from the Greek words for coriander [the name of cilantro outside the U.S.]: corys means 'bedbug' and andrum means 'resembling'. The odour of the leaves was likened to a bedbug in the ancient worlds.

Cilantro lovers should visit (they describe cilantro as "warm, spicy, and very naughty".) Haters should visit (they call cilantro "the most offensive food known to man.")

Feel free to express your love or hatred for the herb in our comment section.

Bonus cilantro facts:

-It was thought to have aphrodisiacal properties, for which it was mentioned in the Tales of the Arabian Nights.
-The Belgians often combine it with orange peel to add flavor to their wheat beers.
--The plant is thought to have several medicinal uses, including reducing flatulence.