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Two years ago, it looked, for a time, as though Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage might have some significant consequences for me and Sarah. I was trying to get into the University of Virginia’s PhD program in religious studies; I hadn’t made the cut on my first attempt and was trying to be proactive about increasing my chances the second time around. The financial circumstances of the department were such that I would have been a more attractive candidate if I could have claimed Virginia…Continue
Michael Pollan, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation
New York: Penguin, 2013
US: $27.95, CA: $29.50
I have to confess that I committed an error of critical thinking in conceiving this review: I came up with my thesis before I read the book.
In my defense, I’ve read a fair chunk of the rest of Pollan’s ouvre, and I had read some other reviews of Cooked, so I had a fairly good idea of what to expect from it. But the thesis crystallized…Continue
My girlfriend and I recently became engaged, which event has sent us into the religious and social minefield that is the process of planning a wedding ceremony. One issue that is of paramount importance to me, both as a scholar of Judaism and as a feminist, is that our ceremony addresses and tries to ameliorate the sexist narratives and legal mechanisms of “acquiring” a bride present in the traditional Kiddushin ceremony; I’d also like to pass out a…Continue
My cat is dying.
I have had Libby since my childhood. She is 16—a good old age for a cat—and has weathered some health scares before. Three years ago, what we worried was some sort of intestinal cancer turned out instead to be hyperthyroidism, a chronic but manageable condition. But this fall, when all of the vet’s tricks failed to stem her chronic diarrhea, when she lost almost half of her body weight, and when an ultrasound revealed a severely thickened intestine, cancer (probably…Continue