Farewell, farewell! We’ll never meet again, this side of 2014

It feels a little odd doing a year-end wrap-up of a mostly silent blog year, but I think I can handle it; in fact, I’m going to enjoy this opportunity to run off at the mouf a bit. Anyway, the usual, hey? Highlights, a few lowlights, and some mush about what’ll go down in 2015 (because I…

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,…

I do not think it means what you think it means

This post’s title is, of course, inspired by that cinematic opus, The Princess Bride. But then, really, what isn’t inspired by The Princess Bride? I submit to you that it is one of the most perfect films ever made and that it should have won every award possible, including the Nobel Peace Prize. If you…

Approaching normal

What have I been doing? Moving, renovating, cycling, being sick (hubby and I were laid low with food poisoning this week and I’m still not really okay), and reading. What have I been reading? I couldn’t recall when I typed that compellingly original rhetorical question; I actually had to check the Goodreads to see what…

Alright fine

I submit, surrender, and beg forgiveness; at the rate things are going with getting ready to move and doing home renos, I have finally accepted that I am just never going to get caught up on my book posts unless I corral them. Well then, giddyup. Barry Lyndon, William Makepeace Thackeray. I wanted to love…

Tea and toast

In his “I’m going to pretend to be homeless and then write the last word on homelessness” book (Down and Out in Paris and London), George Orwell discusses the charitable insult of being obliged to choke back a lecture on religion to get churches’ free “tea-and-two-slices”. I read this book in 1998, I think; it…