When I was a freshman in high school, my friend Andrea bought me Everything is Illuminated for my birthday. I was instantly smitten, and a long love affair with the work of the then very young Jonathan Safran Foer was born. I devoured the entirety of his output, and I have the weird cutout book to prove it.
As I’ve gotten older and the hysterical realism vein of contemporary literature has bled out a little, I’ve come to see his work a bit less romantically and its flaws are more apparent. A tendency toward self-righteousness is inborn in people who are very good at their chosen craft at a tender age, and he’s no exception. It’s for this reason that I put off reading Eating Animals for five years.
Sidenote, in case you hadn’t guessed: Yes, I have a tremendous crush on him.
I was a vegetarian for five years in my late teens and early twenties, but I was never that enthused about meat before that. A stint in Spain where ham is considered a vegetable and a desire to impress a particularly omnivorous beau cured me of what my mother loved to call “the vegetarianism.” Though I dabble in veganism and am extremely watchful of what I eat, I don’t place much in the way of restrictions on my diet these days.
I don’t have internet in my house and so I’m working at this lovely bakery for the day. Unfortunately, the couple next to me is talking about how date rape “isn’t a real thing” and that the current situation in Gaza could be neutralized with by flying in some bacon. Imagine I typed this very, very loudly.
- “Hacks” are smug, but I tried a couple of these productivity ones this week and they were kinda great. Have you done these?
- What is the difference between gelato and ice cream? The definitive answer, via Max Falkowitz.
- Everyone thinks the Victorians were so buttoned up, but lo and behold: THE CANNIBAL CLUB.
- In the last year or so, I’ve gotten TONS of listings for Alibaba.com products, and I didn’t really know what it was. Now I do, and you can too!
- Faulkner v. Hemingway: A Grudge for the Ages
- A guide to sampling in music through the ages.
- Just when you thought the GOP couldn’t get any crazier, here’s someone who claims his primary opponent can’t serve because uh, he has been replaced by a body double.
- Oh, law, I hope to grow into someone this colorful, zany, appealing, and opinionated about shellfish serving.
- I had forgotten about Phineas Gage, and his story never gets old. A fresh treatment from Slate.
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Tagged alibaba, faulkner, GOP, hacks, ice cream, lazy sunday, links, max falkowitz, music, phineas gage, productivity, serious eats, smithsonian, wsj
If you’re still with me after that unforgivable (but very funny) pun, I want to share with you my recipe for homemade chai in honor of this, a midsummer tea party. Chai is one of those things I didn’t realize you could make yourself until I thought about it and was like, “well, obviously it gets made at some point.” If you were wondering, that’s the provenance of about 90% of my DIY projects. Behold, Oprah-free chai:
Bonus: A picture of the Nashville Food Trucks book that I just finished editing!
I know it’s pretty hot to be thinking about drinking chai, but who doesn’t love an iced bev this time of year? I tried this out a couple different ways (details after the jump), and it was good hot, cold, room temp, and as an ice cube.
I can’t do anything today but listen to this over and over again.
I’m out yonder, celebrating America’s birthday, but I got you these things to read over in my absence.
- Remarkably practical guide to stopping a wedding, both in advance, and The Graduate style.
- Wikipedia bios for every fake president of the United States of American, anyone?
- Finally, an answer to the eternal question: How on earth do professional basketball players miss free throws?
- Never not going to repost a Dolly Parton paean. She has been my patron saint since I was three and told my mom I wanted makeup and a microphone for Christmas so I could “be like Miss Dolly.”
- This is how color names came to be.
- What’s in Prince’s fridge?
- Finally: A Buzzfeed listicle that speaks directly to my latent xenophobia. Just in time for all the patriotic holidays of summer!
- Vintage pesticide paraphernalia reminds me of being a kid in Texas and screaming, “BUG DOPE!” to my friends so we could run inside when they trucks came to DDT the street.
- I’m terrible at Twitter, and my consistent “worse than guessing” record on this quiz proves that once and for all.
- This guy I dated in college tried to kiss me after winning a cherry pie eating contest (not a euphemism), and I wanted to die, so Neslie, girl, I feel you.
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Tagged twitter, slate, lazy sunday, quiz, wikipedia gems, pacific standard, cosmopolitan, wired, DDT, wedding crashers, competitive eating, USA! USA! USA!, dolly parton, bitch, prince, heavy table, smithsonian, pantone
Uh, yeah, I took a screenshot of the brief moment I was on the front page of Cosmopolitan. I’m very cool.
In the last couple weeks, I’ve gotten a couple pieces of great news for my freelance work. Little bitty ole Chronderlust led to my new column on the Hairpin, Ask A Fancy Person. and a job as the society reporter for Charleston City Paper. Someone passed that along to an editor at Cosmopolitan, and I had my first piece published there this week! I couldn’t be more excited about these fun things I’m getting to do and write about. Thanks so much for reading Chronderlust, and keep your eyes peeled for more of my writing around the web and in print! I wouldn’t get to do any of this if you weren’t reading this here.