Tag: Global

Aliens and strangers … at Trader Joe’s

Vegetables

I’ve had mixed feelings about the opening of the first Trader Joe’s in Charlottesville. It’s hard to imagine what we’ve done to deserve it—we are, after all, a town of fewer than 40,000 people, though the county surrounding us is…

Cooking Tips from Burma

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So I’ve been having trouble explaining to my parents why I’m doing what I’m doing. I’m not a complete idiot. I do understand that, from their point of view, the point of view of African Americans who were the first…

Here be monsters

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As a kid, I loved–I mean absolutely adored–Japanese daikaiju eiga: monster movies and television shows. I, of course, arrived too late to the party of the original Godzilla, released in 1954, but I sat riveted at the spectacle of Destroy…