Cheerios as a drug, boozing through bad times, Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar

Cheerios as a drug, boozing through bad times, Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar

Is it dinner or is it art? (Photo by babbagecabbage) 

• James Yarker introduces Toronto to his interactive art installation that involves millions of grains of rice, each symbolizing a single person. Groups of varying sizes will represent distinct categories, such as how many people were born today or how many ate at McDonald’s. [Globe and Mail]

• Turns out Canadians are taking the recession badly after all. Liquor stores are reporting significant spikes in the sale of booze. [Canada.com]

• Apparently Cheerios can’t claim to lower cholesterol on its box unless it drops the “cereal” tag and is approved as a drug by the Food and Drug Administration. The whole situation makes Saturday Night Live seem unusually prescient. [Financial Times]

• The Canadian-born editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, has bought the Monkey Bar, a Manhattan restaurant that has been attracting celebrities since it opened in 1932. Apparently there is no conflict of interest in the editor of a media magazine catering to high-profile stars. [Bloomberg]

• An article in The Guardian asks readers to consider the best film scene involving food, or the best film about food. Lady and the Tramp? 9 ½ Weeks? Meatballs? [Guardian]