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About What would Julia do?

Being timid and meek like Dorothy Gale, I have surprised myself by starting this blog. But a few people have suggested I do so, so there it is. I love to eat and I love to drink, so although this blog could be about almost anything I choose to type, there's likely to be a lot about what you put in your mouth. Why the title? Anyone who knows me knows my reverence for Julia Child. I don't think it's hyperbolic to say that our country's interest in the culinary arts would be all but non-existent but for Her. I would not attempt to count the number of people who have cited Her influence in their lives and careers. What Atticus Finch is to lawyers, Julia Child is to the cook, be s/he servantless or professional. Honesty demands me to say that it is not simply Her advocacy of GOOD FOOD that has immortalized her; She had the happy circumstance of coming into her own at a time when media was in her favour. We can all be thankful for that. I would name Julia Child as the patron saint of second starts, but I'm a happy heretic. Julia's dogma goes beyond the kitchen: She has famously stated that "[y]ou've got to have the courage of your convictions..." Her statement applies as equally to any part of one's life as it does to flipping a potato gallette. I will conclude by noting I have my own personal trinity of Js--Julia, Judy Garland, and Joanna Rowling. Please refer back to that part about my being a happy heretic.

Liberté, Égalité, Etc…

My friend Greg recently treated me to a dinner at Church & State in downtown LA. He didn’t tell me where we were going, and I swear that one of the streets we drove down was the same one where … Continue reading

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Looking up the Dinosaurs’ Skirts

So I went to see the dinosaurs tonight. I told myself that I wouldn’t bother, that I’d avoid the opening weekend crowds, but I heard that “thump… Thump… THUMP!!!” in my head and saw the expanding ripples of water in … Continue reading

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Potter Revisited

READERS, BEWARE! THIS POST IS TEXT ONLY! IF YOU DON’T LIKE TO READ, IF YOU DO NOT CARE FOR HARRY POTTER, CEASE AND DESIST NOW. READING THIS WILL GIVE YOU NO PLEASURE! NO PICTURES, JUST WORDS!!!!!!!!! (NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG … Continue reading

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Waves of Love from Those Wonderful People Out There in the Dark

I started writing this post in February, and have been looking at it, tinkering with it, and adding to it ever since.  Watching the Academy Awards this year, and clicking, during and afterward, through the electronic diaspora of comments on my … Continue reading

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Going to Pieces

I’ve noticed a trend, of late, at the markets I frequent wherein it has been difficult to find cut-up whole chicken. All I can see are packages of breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, most of which are boned and skinned. That, … Continue reading

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“The plane, the plane!”

The other night I made a post wherein I paraphrased a quote from John Irving’s 1981 novel, The Hotel New Hampshire, and stated: “It’s easy to keep passing the open windows, but it’s getting harder & harder to keep passing … Continue reading

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A Half-assed Autopsy of a Fish: My personal appreciation of Jaws

“Come on in, the water’s fine!” This morning, my friend Greg emailed me an article from Mother Jones, wherein Richard Dreyfus’ children have a kindly mocking conversation about the film: http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/07/jaws-ridiculous-say-kids-who-owe-everything-jaws The title, contained without articles within the link, says a … Continue reading

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