• Personal

    My Relaxed-Vegan Diet: Choosing food based on logical, ethically-consistent criteria

    The recent report from the World Health Organization’s Cancer research branch has prompted me to publish this article that I’ve been working on for a good two months now. I hadn’t posted it sooner for hopes of sending it to a larger aggregate site (like Huffington Post), but alas I know when to hedge my bets and make hay in shining sun. I hate the word diet, it seems to imply an impermanent change. In this case, I mean the clunkier “conscientious lifestyle change.” I do not identify with the harcore vegan community, nor do I condemn anyone for participating in it. A culinary outsider, I see eating meat, specifically factory farmed…

  • Entertainment

    Thoughts on Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet

    Though I should not be awake at this hour, and sleep beckons like a thoughtful friend, I feel it necessary to catalogue my impressions of the live simulcast performance of Hamlet through National Theater Live, now playing in London. Thanks to the lovey Life as a pigeon for inviting me along. The iconic character was undoubtedly in good hands in Cumberbatch who despite the hysteria surrounding him, actually possesses the acting talent to justify at least some of the Cubmerbitches’ obsession. Under the guidance of director Lyndsey Turner and Sonia Friedman Productions, the performance is ghastly with a set of epic proportions. The play is set in a place outside of time.…

  • Personal

    One Year Anniversary: Thoughts on the Internet

    Today my blog turned one, and I almost missed it. Alternating sips between chamomile tea and an Argentinian Malbec, the October sky is bringing out my introspective side. I remember when I started blogging on tumblr, where I used the website as a place to explore the many personas one can espouse online. After years of occasional use, I have finally decided that I am quite possibly too old for that website. I would publicly languish over not having been contacted by paramours with short posts that were, in retrospect, rather un-poetic and melodramatic. The magic is gone, possibly because it was a blogging site best used while chain smoking Nat Sherman cigarettes in one’s parents…