The Daria Annotation
One J at a Time
"Sophie's Choice" is an 1982 movie about a survivor of Nazi concentration camps who falls in love with an American Jew who is obsessed with the Holocaust. Her choice is revealed in a flashback; on the night she arrived in Auschwitz she was told to pick one child, who would be sent to the ovens. The other would be spared.
Wasabi is an oriental seasoning somewhat similar to horseradish.
The book Daria gets has a title that starts with "Death". I can't make out the rest of it, but if I had to guess, it's probably Death & Fame by Allen Ginsberg, as we already know she likes his work.
Daria says the book is a first edition while looking in the middle of it. The publishing date, including which edition, is in the front.
Le Eats and Mangia la Cuisine seem to be parodies of places like Chez Pierre. Mangia is (roughly) Italian for "eat up".
Sandi is a big fan of the WNBA.