intersection 01.26.10

We've Got the Tablet!
(Just not that one.)
Plus: Every Person in New York

Whatever tablet news Apple does or doesn't announce tomorrow, the Big Apple has its own tablets, thank you very much.

At the Met:
According to the Museum, 'Snuff inhaled through tubes from small trays or tablets was common in the southern Andes where hallucinogen use was widespread.' If we may descend into the vernacular, this early bong, called a Snuff Tablet, was pretty awesome. The Mesopotamian administrative tablet was cool, too. It was created 200 years or so after the invention of writing (top that, Steve Jobs) and probably documents 'grain distributed by a large temple.'

In the Tub:
New London Pharmacy, 246 8th [22nd/23rd] 212.243.4987, has J&E Atkinsons I Coloniali effervescent bath tablets with ginseng. $45

On the Coffee Table:
In 2002, when The Drawing Center turned 25, it held an exhibition called Ellsworth Kelly, Tablet: 1949-1973, comprising 180 drawings (sketches, cutouts, collages and studies) by the artist not previously seen. You can get the accompanying book of the prints ($165) or a signed, limited-edition version from The Drawing Center ($1000).

Throughout the Parks:
There are over 150 tablets in the city's parks, including one that marks a tulip tree that lived for 220 years, also the site of the Indian village from which Peter Minuit bought Manhattan for trinkets and beads (see how trinkets and beads work for you at the Apple store tomorrow). There's also a tablet for the Claremont Inn, which was built in the 18th century as a residence, then became a tavern, was bought by the city in 1878 and turned into a restaurant, and was sadly demolished in 1950. Read more about the Claremont here.

For Your Own OS
Redoxon – the effervescent vitamin C tablets – have had a cult following around town for years.

Via the Interwebs
Manhattan-based Tablet magazine, launched last year, is a daily online compendium of Jewish news, culture, and ideas.

In the Candy Dish
The Scottish candy called tablet is something like fudge, though not so soft, and sweet, sweet, sweet. You can buy it from this importer or make your own.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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