Eastern State Penitentiary

In addition to grilling asparagus this holiday weekend, and watching Joe Biden deliver some of the most honest, admirable Memorial Day remarks of which I am aware (more on this later — maybe), I had the opportunity to get out of the house and peep about Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary. For those who don’t know, […]

Cate Blanchett, Photography, and Mimesis

So … a non-food-related aside: Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer made this post a few days ago about the March / April cover of Intelligent Life, a European satellite magazine of The Economist, which features an image of Cate Blanchett, untouched by the Photoshop brush. Very daring, he calls it. And then he writes: […]

Goodnight, Irene.

Sometimes we cook.  And sometimes the world impinges. Hurricane Irene came through Saturday night, bringing with it wind and rain, and knocking out power on half our block.  The neighbors, like Sarah and I, came outside onto their porch to watch the spectacle.  They told us that the people on the news were calling it […]