The story itself is simple; it has to do with a guy who really likes yogurt he gets at the farmers merket. But what it does with genre is a bit more complicated. As suggested above, Stern mixes research, fiction, rhetoric, and a little bit of psychoanalysis for good measure. But the little bit of psychoanalysis is really what the piece seems to be all about. He writes, merely, “I was suffering from what Žižek as a diagnostician, might call surplus-jouissance.
In “Food for Thought” Philip Foss writes at the intersection of food and religion. Foss, a Jewish chef who keeps a kosher home, but still loves bacon and lobster when out in the world, sees himself as “a chef first, and a good Jew second.” But when a rabbi asked him to describe a spiritual […]
In the complex, ecological perspectives that have begun to refashion the way humans situate themselves in the world, the human is displaced from the center. (Displaced is perhaps the wrong word, given that he was only ever central in his own mind.) Human activities–cooking, writing–are not hierarchical but lateral and interconnected. If we are what we eat, then perhaps what we eat becomes what we write.
Last year my goal was to do a podcast a week. I didn’t quite make it, but I got close enough to feel good about it. So I’m going to set a new goal. I’m going to do a post on an article or book chapter every day, Monday through Friday. Starting today. Ideally, I will have read these and be able to talk about them if you bump into me in person. But at the very least, I’m going to provide a citation, a representative blockquote, and a list of other readings, watchings, and doings referenced by the article or chapter.
The fact that Texas Monthly has hired BBQSnob Daniel Vaughn is not that surprising. It seems like a great fit. He knows his stuff, he’s a good writer, and he’s paid his dues as a blogger for years. What is interesting to me is that The New York Times is reporting on the hire. I mean, yeah, a print publication hiring anyone is news these days, but what does this kind of story suggest? Does TNYT report on all regional magazine hires? Or is there something about Texas Monthly hiring a BBQ critic that makes it newsworthy?
East Side King at THITW. Everybody must go! Photo by Will Burdette. Episode 141: “Must Go” Hey, No Satiation Nation, it’s must go night. When I was growing up, must go was leftover night when everything in the fridge must go. So all the ingredients and dishes in the fridge got remixed into new dishes, […]