Archive for the 'Opinion' Category

Not cooking

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

This morning before I left, I read “Out of the Kitchen, on to the Couch, Michael Pollan’s essay in the NY Times Magazine about watching cooking shows and not cooking. Now I’m obviously an outlier; I just made ice cream sandwiches from scratch (a subset of “cooking” so rarified that the food industry marketer Pollan […]

Locals only

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

We drove up along the Rideau Canal today, which is more of a chain of lakes and rivers that connects Ottowa and Lake Ontario. As a Californian, I’m in awe of the amount of water here. The map is mostly blue, but the parts in between are green, green, green in real life. Lots of […]


Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

I’ll justify it by saying that they’re named after a vegetable, but I want to tell the world about my favorite band, Artichoke. I’ve been listening to the new CD 26 Scientists, Vol. 2 (Newton – Zeno) almost nonstop in the car for the past two weeks, and I love every song on it. Timothy […]

Pollution humor

Monday, July 13th, 2009

From the always-thought-provoking David Zetland


Monday, June 29th, 2009

Last week, I checked out Plenty from the library. It’s the memoir of a year of eating very locally in Vancouver, BC and environs, written in alternating chapters by Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon. I had read some of their blog posts, but I was pleasantly surprised by the book itself. The whole enterprise can […]

Blogrolling in our time

Friday, June 12th, 2009

In Mark Bittman’s blog, Paula Crossfield, of, has put together a nice list of sustainable food blogs. And Food, Inc. opens today, to positive reviews. I didn’t realize quite how lucky I was to have been able to see it early.

The Great Thirst

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

The LA Times has come out with an editorial series on water, including a debate between California Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow and Mindy McIntyre of the Planning and Conservation League. Check it out.

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