This morning over breakfast Larry told me he had been reading Five Thirty Eight, Nate Silver’s blog, and that the whole “MSG is bad for you” story is a myth, based on flawed science. Apparently, the negative effects only occurred when subjects were told they were eating MSG, and weren’t reproducible in blind tests.
Meanwhile, I was reading the latest issue of Poetry, a mostly depressing start to the morning, and picked up the pepper shaker absently, meaning to put some on my egg, but distracted.
“Are you planning to use that as a chess piece?” Larry asked.
Startled out of my reverie, I handed it to him.