Cookbook Memoirs Have Become Husband-Hunting Guides

All cook­books are polit­i­cal. Writ­ten by women and con­sumed mostly by women, cook­books have always been a way for ladies to talk to each other about the way they live (and the way they should). Once, this meant that tucked between recipes for Bundt cake and Béar­naise were sub­tle or not-so-subtle calls to arms: asser­tions of the impor­tance of female edu­ca­tion, cam­paigns for the vote, and other dec­la­ra­tions of independence.

La Mano Negra: Julio Cortázar and his Influence on Cinema

In this essay, I will not be be dis­cussing these works but rather films that devi­ate from and/or hide their sources. Explor­ing such diver­gence and occlu­sion is provoca­tive and reward­ing. In think­ing about the dif­fer­ent artis­tic and ide­o­log­i­cal approaches to the same nar­ra­tive mate­r­ial, we reach a deeper under­stand­ing of what is going on in the fic­tion of Julio Cortázar and in the films that have robbed him or paid him tribute.

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Scientism

Has every the­ory pro­mul­gated by Sci­ence, which is to say, by indi­vid­ual or groups of sci­en­tists, been true? Obvi­ously not. There­fore Sci­ence isn’t always true, and you’d best believe that. Has every the­ory put forth in Phi­los­o­phy, His­tory, etc. been true? Cer­tainly not. Though some have. Is every paint­ing or novel or poem been valu­able? No. But some are. And so on.

I Am An Object Of Internet Ridicule, Ask Me Anything

Yes, I know that I am pretty much always being watched (espe­cially at a beau­ti­ful tourist attrac­tion in New York City, doing some­thing partly designed to attract atten­tion) but that didn’t pre­pare for me for the real­ity of see­ing myself taken out of context.