Douglas Hofstadter – Metamagical Themas (1985)

by vyh

Flash qFiasco’s down-home, commonsense distinction between form and content breaks down swiftly, when analyzed. His charming image of someone making a “category error” by throwing a recipe in with the flour and butter and eggs reveals that he has never had Recipe Cake. This is a delicious cake whose batter is made out of cake recipes (if you use pie recipes, it won’t taste nearly as good). The best results are had if the recipes are printed in French, in Baskerville Roman. A preponderance of accents aigus lends a deliciously piquant aroma to the cake. My recommendation to Brabner and qFiasco is: “Let them eat recipes.”

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