I had started reading The Lowland before leaving for New York, but then set it aside in favor of a lighter plane book, Herman Koch’s The Dinner. The former is beautifully written and I’m looking forward to returning to it; about the latter, I can’t really say the same. Although I love to read and will read most things, I found this book to be too gimmicky for my tastes. I think Janet Maslin, in her review, captures my feelings quite nicely.
I’ve been trying to come back to this space more frequently–to get back into a blogging and writing rhythm (they say a writer writes and so it must go that a blogger blogs; here I am!). While I had always imagined that after the dissertation time would suddenly open up in magical ways, I now realize that there’s always going to be a shortage of time. If I want to do the things that I hold dear, then I simply have to remember to carve out that time for myself. In high school, overwhelmed by homework, college applications and club commitments, I used to call this “Katy Time”–a period when I would read, go for a walk or just be by myself, thinking. Looking back, I realize that my teenage self was pretty in tune with her essentials. Of course, this self didn’t have to contend with the constant siren song–maybe a blessing and a curse–of the internet.
Even though I sometimes feel the need to turn the computer off and to look at something that isn’t a machine, I also find that the internet has a lot to offer (essentially, it is equal parts wisdom and foolishness; you just have to know where to look!). Because it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts and there are some articles and podcasts that I’ve found really inspiring, I thought I would share them with you. Here’s some food for thought for the weekend:
An article about the current work philosophy that is dominating our culture (what is says about academics really struck a chord with me, not to mention the obsession with finding that elusive “ideal” job that will pay.).
A British podcast that is intelligent, devoted to food and that is delivered in the most measured and relaxing British accent ever: Food Programme. The episode from August 18, 2013, “Feeding the Detectives,” is particularly fascinating since it’s about mystery novels that use a good appetite to their advantage.
Asparagus may be appearing at California markets, but I’ve still got citrus (courtesy of Diana Henry) and all of its possibilities on my mind.
For those of you in the Bay Area, the Greek and I recently found a lounge worthy of its name: Azucar, which has fabulous guacamole, flavorful ceviche, tasty cocktails and perfectly crisped churros.
This article may be written in a deliberately annoying format, but it exemplifies why I’ve always despised the use of Power Point in academia.
Since the weekend is basically upon us, I’m dreaming of a relaxing weekend with quality time in the kitchen: Bay Leaf Pound Cake (kaffir lime can be substituted!) and Pimenton Roast Chicken with Potatoes.
Also, in other cooking news, I recently made Melissa Clark’s wine-braised oxtail, which is everything she promised and more. I’ll admit that it’s more of a winter recipe, but that shouldn’t stop you from bookmarking it or saving it for a cool spring (or in the case of the Bay Area, summer) day. Oxtail, at least oxtail braised for three hours, is the epitome of succulent.