What you really love

What you really love

I am one of those people who would like to quote 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi at you in times of trouble, woe, and general discombobulation—but I refrain. I refrain because I don’t want to seem like a crazy person flimsily disguised as a smugly spiritual person. I may sometimes be smug, but I would never … Continue reading

School, a retrospective: Primary to six

School, a retrospective: Primary to six

I recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of no longer being a Student. I celebrated by not going to school that day or otherwise studying anything I’d come to fear and detest down to the mitochondrial level. For some reason, though, I’ve been thinking about the Most Important Things I’ve Learned, and whether or not any … Continue reading

Brain/Food: a 21st-century Tasha Tudor

Brain/Food: a 21st-century Tasha Tudor

Tasha Brandstatter is one of my internet people. For a while, we both wrote for the sadly now retired Food Riot, but long before that, we knew each other as book bloggers. (I think I even once wrote a guest post for her Truth, Beauty, Freedom, & Books site about what constitutes a Classic…which is hilarious, … Continue reading

Bun-fight

Bun-fight

Olde Timey Bookes full of Olde Timey Wordes comprised my area of study in grad school; this was only proper as so many of those words were/are thoroughly delightful. If you haven’t read The Tempest recently, maybe you’ve forgotten that in Renaissance England, mushrooms were often called mushrumps and pie shells were known as coffins. … Continue reading

Corporate buzzwords: a white paper

Corporate buzzwords: a white paper

In first-year university, I took the intro Psychology survey. There were many good things about this course: each section was taught by a specialist in his or her field, so we got real good nibbles of Psychology’s various branches of study; one of the professors was the stunt double for The Man They Call(ed) Reveen; … Continue reading

The definition of pizza

The definition of pizza

This is another slightly revised piece from my halcyon days writing for Food Riot. “The definition of pizza” turned out to be one of my most popular posts there, proving yet again that the internet really digs it when one person tells another person to shut their piehole. ————————————————————————— A friend and I once had … Continue reading

This is my brain on Boris Pasternak

This is my brain on Boris Pasternak

I just finished reading Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. Reading it has been the tonic I’d been seeking after that desperate run of post-Mantel mediocrity; I freely admit to having planted many platonic, entirely non-pervy smoochies on the book’s cover and pages as I read. Doctor Zhivago is political and historical; it is exuberant in execution … Continue reading