Archive for March, 2010

Jamie Escalante: Thank You

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31, 2010 by thebibliophile

Educator Jamie Escalante


Jamie Oliver, I think I love you….

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2010 by thebibliophile

Chef Jamie Oliver

Who let this man on t.v.? He’s saying things about the government not regulating our food properly, about how Congress is going to try to block Michelle Obama’s work to promote healthy food, saying that what we eat will kill us. Say, what, word? Really, who did he pay off to get to say those things on television? National television? Some big conglomerate like Monsanto must be about to launch an all organic line and this is part of their promotion for it…

Either way, it resonates with me, as I’ve been working on a series to post here about food.

A little while ago, waiting for the bus, I saw two womyn and their toddlers. In the baby’s bottle, instead of milk, or even apple juice, was the most unnatural looking blueberry-colored liquid. It stained the baby’s tongue, and didn’t look like a medication. It was topped off with salt and vinegar chips. I couldn’t stop staring. And I wanted to tell the womyn what they were giving their children – because I know if they understood or had access to something else, then it wouldn’t be blue juice, cheetos, and salt and vinegar chips.

So, I’m not mad at Jamie Oliver….

Sometimes when I hear about what’s in food, I feel as if we are eating, increasingly reminds me of Margaret Atwood’s descriptions of food in her 2006 novel Oryx and Crake, food that was genetically engineered, so much so that eventually it begins to attack humans.

There is so much judgement about what we eat, how we eat it, prepare it, what we like, and think about the food that we eat. At least in the West – U.S. and European context, food is policed. Oliver’s take however, is not on palate, but solidly about whether or not what you are eating is actual food that won’t kill you.

I’m watching with interest….

Nina & Joni at Tea: Meklit Hadero Puts Sugar in the Bowl

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 24, 2010 by thebibliophile
Singer Meklit Hadero has been described as “if Joni Mitchell were East African and met Nina Simone for tea in San Francisco’s Mission District.” The description could not be more apt. As a general rule, comparisons to these two greats (nina and Joni) are wildly over used and often misplaced. But when launched to explain the lovely tone and powerful timbre of Hadero’s voice, it’s just perfect. The description is accurate.
Hadero, the children of Ehtiopian immigrants, raised in part in Brooklyn, NY and the West Coast. She is a TED Global Fellow and a really lovely talent. Know about her.
Listen to her interview on Tell Me More here and bask in the loveliness that is her voice here.
**Photo Credit: Sarah Peet

Old Spice’s New Spark

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 23, 2010 by thebibliophile

Quite possibly the best commercial that has ever existed. Even with its slighly misogynistic lines about “smelling like a lady.”

Thought of the Day in Song & Poetry

Posted in Uncategorized on March 19, 2010 by thebibliophile

I heart Lupe Fiasco’s video (andsong) of ” The Eraser,” sampled from Thom Yorke’s song of the same name. Yorke originally did the song with his group Radiohead.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 10, 2010 by thebibliophile

Each day, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, posts an object of the day. Today’s object is a photograph by  Myron H. Kimball entitled “The Emancipated Slaves.” Kimball was an artist, apparently specializing in photography, who was active in the 1860s. The photography was taken in 1863 and features 8 formerly enslaved people from Louisiana. and is part of the Line Gilman Collection at the Met.   

The image, the possible story behind it, gave me so much to think about. We know two of those pictured and their names, but who are the other people in this photograph? What are their stories? What happened to them? How did they survive? The male in the back left of the photography has had his forehead branded by his former “owner.” The photographer enhanced the brand to make it more visible.  And yes, all 8 of the people featured in this photography were enslaved – all 8 of those pictured were of African ancestry.   

 Kimball was hired as part of a publicity campaign to capture the images of recently emancipated enslaved people. 

Myron H. Kimball (American, active 1860s) "The Emancipated Slaves"


Looklet Look of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 3, 2010 by thebibliophile


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