Beautiful 2013

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Last year, maybe it was even in January, Zadie Smith wrote an essay in the New York Review of Books entitled, ‘Joy.’  ’It might be useful to distinguish between pleasure and joy,’ she begins. Because as to joy — ‘If you asked me if I wanted more joyful experiences in my life,’ she says, ‘I [...]

Chocolate Dipped Candied Oranges

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  Cooking is always the thing that saves me. I cannot say for sure why it is. Could it be that there is some rhythm in the sifting and measuring, the stirring and tasting, that brings me back to myself? Is it the comfort of a process that can be followed, and that can, for [...]

Kimchi Tacos

Kimchi Tacos

Some people’s minds are like rivers. They are always moving, always catching the light in a brilliant and novel way, always flowing along. My mind is more like a field in November. Most of the time, it seems pretty dull and pretty plain, mostly barren and occasionally a little swampy and dreary and cold. But [...]