Let’s make a sandwich

“Let’s make a Sandwich” is perhaps not the most interesting invitation. Even a sandwich you can eat with a fork doesn’t really inspire much emotional conviction. So, a sandwich of micro-operas inspired by a 1950s infomercial of the same seems dubious at best. Then again dubiousness is just that at which Geurilla Opera, the ensemble-in-residence …

Can writing be taught?*

In my life as an editor and occasional writer, I’ve found there to be two basic types of people who write. The first group call themselves “writers.” They know the rules and tricks and processes and take great pride in exercising their facility therewith. They really like to talk about punctuation and the proper — …

english: all day, every day

Do, you like me, tire of the same-old, same-old?  Occasionally desire the other, greener grass? It’s a common enough malaise, regardless of the greenness of the grass in which we find ourselves. A friend currently living in Hawaii but having spent most of her life abroad expressed the dullness of her every day there this …

Thanksgiving 2.0

“Some five million tons of food—enough to fill the John Hancock Building more than 14 times—will be wasted between Thanksgiving and the end of 2013. Worldwide, some 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.” http://foodtank.org/news/2013/11/in-a-world-full-of-holiday-excess-lets-stand-up-and-combat-food-waste It’s no surprise that preparing a meal is an offering.  But what …

Future Beauty

A creativity manifesto: Going around museums and galleries, seeing films, talking to people, seeing new shops, looking at silly magazines, taking an interest in the activities of people in the street, looking at art, travelling: So begins a “manifesto” on creativity written by Rei Kawakubo, the untrained founder of the trailblazing Japanese fashion house Commes …

Eet smakelijk!

When my roommate/landlord/house-sit headed off to the Netherlands, I asked him to bring back some foreign food magazines for my browsing pleasure.  Something I wouldn’t normally see, that would challenge and inspire.   He brought me Foodies and La Cucina Italia, whose titles belie their beautiful images, boundless recipes, and bizarre arrangement of letters.   Foodies featured on …