Robert Cheatham Almost every definition of alchemy will read it as an unscientific precursor to chemistry. Its main efforts were to turn base metals into gold, to find a formula for eternal life, and of course the search for the Philosopher’s … view
Hester L. Furey
Kate Evans, Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg. Ed. Paul Buhle. NY: Verso, November 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-78478-099-9
All too often portrayals of important intellectual or political figures focus only on their contributions to the history of ideas, forgetting that they were also someone’s sister, a … view
Edward Austin Hall
Disgust is a privilege. Ask anyone whose typical response to the question “What’s for dinner?” is a blank look.
Coming from Latin by way of a French term, desguiser, meaning to lose one’s appetite, disgust is a word that embodies the synesthetic nature of language. Although its … view
Disgust is a special word in my line of work. As special as “special.” Disgust lies on a chaise longue in opposition to my intentions. I am a cook. It’s a really dirty job with numerous indelibly unsavory aspects. I will frighten and bore you with tales of … view
How many roads must a man walk down before he correctly reads a poem? If—on this rain-drenched evening, at this kitchen peninsula—I rightly read Yeats’s “When You Are Old,” then for years I’ve read the poem wrong.
I used to think (ten minutes ago) that the “Love” that … view
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Chinese Food — San Francisco
The first night Elkannah had dim sum in a dive the size of his living room that included the kitchen, two “big tables” with four people, two small tables with two people, and four tiny tables seating two tiny people. This was fire … view
Stinging nettles: Urtica dioica
The first time we met was in a damp, shady patch surrounded by makeshift chicken-wire fencing, formerly a goat pen, now a veritable wild salad bar. Having been formally introduced by a friend, an ethnobotanist, and the steward of this parcel of land in North Central … view
Crime. It’s a word that evokes a panicky defensive reaction. Your senses heighten a bit, looking for a threat. But what happens when your very existence is deemed criminal?
I first knew I was transgender when I was five.
A little girl from the neighborhood and I were playing … view
Monica J. Brown
You pose the question is history beginning to run in reverse?
History is running both forward and backward simultaneously. Nothing is lost. This is a new age of eidetics when intelligence and an artistic sensibility are gateway drugs to schizophrenia.
We are each binging at a … view