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Monthly Archives: August 2015

A plague of industrial authors: A further answer to Le Guin

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post Are You Sure, Ursula, in which I questioned whether Ursula K. Le Guin knows what she’s talking about when she charges Amazon with the crime of controlling what Americans read and dumbing down American publishing. As part of my argument, I mentioned local public libraries, in […]

Best rule for making superb pizza?: Don’t start

After I got Peter Reinhart’s amazing book The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, the first recipe I undertook was the recipe for sourdough bread. I swear that I can now make some of the best sourdough bread I’ve ever had. I am a bit ashamed to say that the second recipe […]


If I had an acre of abelia, it wouldn’t be enough. I think the bees and butterflies agree. Who knew that abelia is a relative of honeysuckle?

Would you like fries with that?

This little family has been eating off me all summer. That haven’t done any damage, so I like to see what they prefer to eat from month to month. Right now, it’s the grass they want.

Are you sure, Ursula?

Ursula K. Le Guin Amongst the literati and literati-watchers, much has been made lately of Ursula K. Le Guin’s war on Amazon. Her first bombardment in this war was last year in a talk she gave at the National Book Awards. A couple of months ago, she continued with a post titled “Up the Amazon” […]

Earl Crow, still teaching people to think for themselves

When I started at High Point College in 1967, fresh out of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, religion courses were required courses. High Point College (now High Point University) is still, I believe, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. However, its focus always was on the liberal arts, and the church did not try […]

Vegan meat loaf: a recipe

I almost never post recipes here, mostly because I rarely write down recipes of my own concoction. However, I’ve written down an approximate recipe for my vegan meat loaf. It’s a very healthy, low-glycemic, high-protein dish that keeps well and makes great leftovers. The intent is not to make a meat analog and trick anyone […]

A little moral reasoning

Photo by Wildlife Conservation Unit As the outrage swelled around the cruel and meaningless death of Cecil the lion, the memes intended to shame people started showing up on Facebook. The Black Lives Matter movement, anti-abortionists, veterans — everybody got in on the memes and op-eds. The theme was always the same: What is wrong […]