Here’s the thing, fames: you did it, OK? We get it. You cracked the code on how to live a life of cultured ease with delicious food, exotic travel, and the constant company of friends who are at financial ease and enjoy each other’s well-coiffed company. Enjoy it. But LEAVE US OUT OF IT. Look, I don’t have it so bad. I have an oversized television, access to health care, and don’t have to eat fried mud cakes. But this upcoming PBS show about Gwyneth Paltrow and Mario Batali traveling across the Spanish countryside, giggling and eating, giggling and eating, makes even me, the picture of blithe bourgeois contentment, want to burn down the alienating artifice of modern society.

It’s like making America watch the slideshow of their honeymoon the weekend we all got dumped. The part where Gwyneth laughs heartily at the Spanish joke her Spanish friend makes over hors d’oeuvres on the glassed in patio is the part where I began the slow but necessary process of weaning myself off the over-arching support systems created by the ruling class to placate the masses to keep them from questioning the hegemonic control of the capitalist architects. Just kidding, let’s go shopping.

Comments (5)
  1. rachel  |   Posted on May 12th, 2008 +2

    ha, wow, that is the exact same reaction i had when i saw this. it is also the same one i had when i see those fotos of angelina and family in southern france. ive never had these feelings before, why are they happening now and what do i do???

  2. street cloud  |   Posted on Dec 26th, 2008 0

    i had the same reaction as well. very well written review. but i find marc bitman to be the really annoying one.

  3. STEEV  |   Posted on Jan 16th, 2009 0

    I couldn’t have said it better. It’s purely brutal. The forced banter and quick wittedness makes my skin crawl, yet i can’t turn away. This show raises my blood pressure and puts me in a negative almost angry state of mind. I actually suffer negative physiological effects from watching this show. Can you imaging them watching the show together? Not including FAMILY GUY i would say that this is the most annoying show in the history of television. I’m getting angry just thinking about it.

  4. Aline  |   Posted on Jan 31st, 2009 -3

    I really don’t understand what everyone finds so annoying….except the NY times guy, he is annoying. I really learned a lot about Spain and what it has to offer.
    I guess I was more entertained with the places they visited, people they met, food they eat, and all the wine they drank. I would have never considered visiting some of those places otherwise. Plus, I really think that Gwyneth and Batali were great together and seem to have a genuine friendship.
    I think it is a really stupid reason to not like something just because you cannot attain or because they are successful people.
    I guess you guys are more the trashy reality tv types.

  5. Face Rubbed in Awfulness.

    This comes as close to a satire as anything I have seen which is not a satire.

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