Monday, June 05, 2006


Something disturbing is happening in hotel rooms across America. The bars of soap you used to see -- with faux-British brand names like "Crabbe & Whitford," or whatever -- have been replaced by spare white boxes with spare black lettering (inevitably Helvetica) saying something like clarity or refresh or rejuvenate. One word, lower-case, usually followed by a period.

Does anyone remember when the only soap in most hotel rooms was Cashmere Bouquet?



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