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You Are What You Cook

Michael Pollan talks with Chapter 16 about his groundbreaking new book, Cooked

FROM THE CHAPTER 16 ARCHIVE: In Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Michael Pollan apprentices himself to four culinary experts: a barbeque pit-master, a brazier, a baker, and a fermenter. By mastering their techniques, he writes, we can wrest the kitchen away from Big Food and reclaim both our food chain and our selves.  

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Visible Signs

I’m looking for whatever support comes along, earthly and otherworldly

I’m a believer in synchronicity: one sighting begets another — the more you see, the more you get — like these spiraled pearls outside my door just as summer ends, on the cusp of bittersweetness when losses cut deeper in autumn, bleed into the brilliant dying back.

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“A House in the Country”

Book Excerpt: Blue If Only I Could Tell You

Richard Tillinghast’s latest poetry collection, Blue If Only I Could Tell You, won the 27th annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize. He’ll read from his work at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 6.

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Hanging with the Dead

Intrigue abounds in a town where ghosts are less threatening than the living

With The Promise of Lost Things, Nashville writer Helene Dunbar adds another page-turning chapter to the story of St. Hilaire, New York, and its spooky residents – both living and dead – begun in her 2020 novel, Prelude for Lost Souls. Dunbar will discuss the book at Parnassus Books in Nashville on July 27.

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Nothing Contrived

Stories from the Attic is the final collection by William Gay

When William Gay died suddenly in 2012, he left behind a considerable amount of unpublished work that has been slowly making its way into print. The final posthumous release, due in July, is Stories from the Attic, a collection of short stories, essays, and fragments from works-in-progress.

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Charting a Course

A childhood friendship filled with possibility

In our play, Jim and I coexist in a landscape of our own discovery with an atmosphere of richer oxygen. The world opens up in a new way, more becomes possible, there is a new kind of magic and an altered reality.

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