Normally, I would not poach another blogger's material. But I simply must quote Mimi Smartypants, because her 1.10.06 entry about Sam Lipsyte's Home Land has become a secondhand staple among my friends:
"The narrator is daydreaming at the Thanksgiving table, not hearing his overbearing-jerk father's request to pass the gravy, and is snapped out of it when the father screams, 'GRAVY BOAT! STAY IN THE NOW!'."
Mimi's pretty sassy, if you like flip three-martini-playdate moms. Previously, I didn't, but she's given me fresh appreciation. Ms Smartypants, we salute you, the ladler of existential gravy goodness.