Tax policy common ground

While the spectacle of crass that is the Trump campaign rolls on, little islands of common ground are cropping up. They are islands of decency in a sea of spineless partisanship: Republicans are disavowing Trump’s attack on the Gold Star Khan family. It is...

Marco Polo en Fran├žais

I have taken to heart a friend’s reminder that watching films or television in a foreign language is a great way to learn that language. I devoured Netflix’s Marco Polo. Stunning visuals: Night sky Burning sparrows returning home as a strategy of war Lone...

Why they trust Trump

Gerry Mander’s excellent book Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television points out that we take in television as if it is real: we believe it in a way we do not believe either movies or books. Another thing I have noticed is that I form attachments even...

Why they all hate Hillary

It’s the same old same old misogyny. Susan Faludi laid it all out in her 1991 book Backlash. The more women have gained, the more push-back there is from the forces ever arrayed against progress. It’s the same old same old for Hillary. No other American...

Climate change: not bloody enough

It’s still “if it bleeds, it leads.” Even Secretary of State John Kerry has declared terrorism to be a more urgent threat than climate change. It is more abjectly terrifying and immediate, sure. Maybe it’s just about the choice of word:...

Summer salad

Shira and I are working up the menu for a dinner party next week. First item decided upon is a variation on the greek salad: Cucumber, quartered and sliced thin Black botija olives, pitted and quartered Fresh goat feta, diced Green onions, chopped Umeboshi vinegar, a...

Potato peel chips

I am learning how to make 100% buckwheat crepes (Crepes Sarrasin). So delicious! Trying out various recipes, with and without egg, or milk. A cast-iron griddle works okay for crepes unless you want to flip them without a spatula. De Buyer pans are gorgeous. This is a...

Massimo Bottura’s Amazing Risotto

Another wonderful episode on “Chef’s Table,” the first one, features the delightful Italian chef Massimo Bottura. An earthquake in Modena put hundreds of thousands of pounds of Parmigiano Reggiano at risk… here’s the story, from...