Listening to my Beatles collection last night, I was struck anew by how John and Paul together were so much better than John and Paul apart. As songwriters, they pushed each other to be better together than either one could possibly be alone. (A listen to certain parts of Paul’s post-Beatle output or anything John did with Yoko will provide quick, albeit painful, confirmation of this fact.) This not wholly original thought (it was late, I was tired) led me to consider other duos whose sum was more than their parts.
I could have limited myself to just musical talent, but despite the hour, I was up for a challenge. In cinema there were some obvious A-list combos. Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune. Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart. (If you haven’t seen Rear Window, please leave the room now.) Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro.
So many to choose from in literature. You could keep it totally Shakespearean and still have Romeo and Juliet, Othello and Desdemona, or Oberon and Titania. Further afield you’ve got Huck and Jim on a raft down the Mississippi, Ahab chasing his whale, and Holmes and Watson and the game’s afoot.
Then there’s food. Think of ham and eggs, macaroni and cheese, or a burger and fries. Peanut butter made the list, but I simply refused to pair it with that tired and uninspired cliché known as jelly. Pairing peanut butter with jelly is, at best, pedestrian and, at worst, unimaginative. Peanut butter’s true partner is, in fact, chocolate.
Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are exquisite proof of this fact. These citadels of sybaritic gustatory pleasure are made from the finest organic ingredients and fair-trade chocolate. They are also certified gluten free, kosher, dairy free, and vegan. Try them once and you will soon be feeding those inferior peanut butter cups whose name rhymes with “fleeces” to the hogs.