Tag: Global

Aliens and strangers … at Trader Joe’s


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


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


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…