In Chapter Three of The Unsettling of America, “The Ecological Crisis as a Crisis of Agriculture,” Wendell Berry pointedly defends the primacy of “wilderness” within the conservation movement in America. What has to be acknowledged at the outset is that wilderness conservation is important and that it has a place in any conservation program, just … Continue reading Wilderness, Good Oak, And Moby Dick
Originally posted on The Curious Kitchen:
The recipe – Stir-fried beef with Black Bean Sauce I was fortunate enough to spend last weekend out of town, in the bush, with a bit of luxury. Simply put, I was at a luxury lodge. Not my normal stomping ground, but very, very relaxing nevertheless. For the past week… Continue reading Aspergillus oryzae – Fermentation and Umami
Originally posted on Critical Dispatches:
Our national epic has yet to be written – James Joyce If you’ve ever listened to the song Running to Stand Still from U2’s Joshua Tree album you will have heard about the Irish town of Ballymun in the lyric “I see seven towers but I only see one way out.” Located on… Continue reading Impressions of poverty
Born in Royal Oak, Michigan, raised in Troy, I really didn’t interact with the city of Detroit until I went to Wayne State University located in mid-town, south of Grand Boulevard and what used to be the General Motors Building, and north of Cass Corridor and dire poverty. My whole stay in the Metro-Detroit area … Continue reading From Small Goat Farms To Megafarms: The Shared Reality of Urban and Rural America.
A few words from Finnegans Wake and we’re off. Last night, Bloomsday evening fell, along with the one hundredth anniversary of Dubliners reaching the world, the amazing short story collection from Mr. Joyce featuring “The Dead,” and its mesmerizing final lines, “His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and … Continue reading “Wait till the honeying of the lune, love! Die eve, little eve, die!” Telmetale of Stobhach Gaelach, Guinness and Lady Galadriel.
Back in June 2011, Gabriela, Demian and I voyaged across the Atlantic to Dublin, Ireland with about 30 other students and faculty from The Honors College at the University of Houston. All organized by this fine man, Robert Cremins–wonderful Irishman, novelist and pint-sharing companion. We roomed at Trinity College and explored this amazing city famous … Continue reading Guinness, Oysters and the Inner Organs of Beasts
Originally posted on The Poetry Department . . . aka The Boynton Blog:
June 16, 2014, is the 110th anniversary of Bloomsday, which celebrates Leopold Bloom’s single day of unfolding events in James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to be confused with the recent Bloomsday Run in Spokane). The day is marked with readings and reenactments worldwide, and while many… Continue reading June 16