Three Cheers for (Naked) Cheese

I thought famous people were proud, unapproachable, that they despised the crowd, and by their fame and the glory of their name, as it were, revenged themselves on the vulgar herd for putting rank and wealth above everything. But here they cry and fish, play cards, laugh and get cross like everyone else!-Anton Chekhov (The…

Spinach Pie and Flying on the Fourth of July

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You…

On Reform and Rice Casserole

Academic writing can become a sordid drama. Professors feel oppressed by half-done manuscripts, complain about cruel rejections from journals, scramble breathlessly to submit grant proposals the day before the deadlines, fantasize about the halycon summer days of writing, and curse the foul start of the semester for stunting their productivity...We don't need this kind of…

Farmer’s Market Fare

While she stands alone among the dripping vines she cannot make a connection that she knows is there. There is a blankness in her thoughts, a density that feels like muddle also, until she realizes: the Annunciation was painted after rain. Its distant landscape, glimpsed through arches, has the temporary look that she is seeing…

My Life Would Suck Without….Cheese

There is titillating pleasure in looking back at the past and asking oneself, "What would have happened if..." and substituting one chance occurrence for another, observing how, from a gray, barren, humdrum moment in one's life, there grows forth a marvelous rosy event that in reality had failed to flower. A mysterious thing, this branching…

"When the Moon Hits Your Eye…"

Just in case the title of this post didn't give it away (I do understand that not everybody is a Rat Pack/Dean Martin fan--the horror!--and also that not everybody will have seen "Moonstruck" more than a few times in his or her lifetime, which, you know, you should think about fixing if you haven't), today's…