Circe by Madeline Miller

Western culture is by definition patriarchal. You see it in our art, our music, our religion, our family genealogy, our rituals, our language, and of course, in our literature. Much of our culture is predicated on what we learned from ancient cultures such as the Hebrews, the Romans, the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons; and particularly, the … Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Horror in any form is always subjective because what is horrifying to me may not be frightening to someone else. I think that's why there is such diversity within horror - after all, anything can become scary if given the right context and circumstances. Personally, I love the horror genre because it's an excellent way … Continue reading Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Food in Films – Moonstruck

I grew up watching the film Moonstruck over and over and over again. The sense of romance, of the adventure of being set in New York City - a city which has fascinated me since I was a very small girl - the hilariousness of the characters and that overall sense of family all combined … Continue reading Food in Films – Moonstruck

Episode 17 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of my podcast "Cooking The Books" has dropped and it's a really great one, featuring an in-depth discussion about grief and how humans deal with the process of grieving in relation to one of the most frightening and dark books in literature, and a method for making the ultimate comfort food - … Continue reading Episode 17 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 16 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 16 is a raunchy and hilarious discussion of Philip Roth's coming-of-age novel Portnoy's Complaint and one of modern literature's horniest and most neurotic young men, his mommy issues and his great love of "self-servicing," and this delectable apple-banana cake, so give it a listen at: https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/Portnoys-Complaint-and-the-Onanistic-Pleasures-of-Cream-Filled-Apple--Banana-Cake-evpb6a https://anchor.fm/cookingthebooks/episodes/Portnoys-Complaint-and-the-Onanistic-Pleasures-of-Cream-Filled-Apple--Banana-Cake-evpb6a

The Master’s Apprentice by Oliver Pötzsch

We are all familiar with the age-old concept of selling your soul to the Devil, right? I think all of us, at one time or another have had that secret desire to wish for and get our soul's deepest desire and even considered to what lengths we would go to have our heart's greatest wish. … Continue reading The Master’s Apprentice by Oliver Pötzsch

Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Those of you who have followed my blog since its inception know of my great and abiding love for the works, and for he himself, the late, great Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya, and particularly, today's literary choice of Zia Summer. Rudy, as he was affectionately known, was not only someone I admired greatly, he was … Continue reading Zia Summer by Rudolfo Anaya

Episode 15 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 15 of my podcast "Cooking the Books" has dropped and it's a good one! We're traveling to post WWII Barcelona and exploring a mysteriously alluring Cemetery of Forgotten Books, searching for a scarred man in black with a secret in his past, and making a deliciously decadent Spanish appetizer, so please give it a … Continue reading Episode 15 of “Cooking the Books” Podcast Now Available!

Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

The latest episode of the "Cooking The Books" podcast just dropped, so give it a listen! We're talking the Godfather of Goth literature and my own literary boyfriend, Edgar Allan Poe, his unique and fever-dream style of writing, the Spanish Inquisition, and trying out a tasty Spanish-inspired pork dish in an Amontillado-cream sauce, so check … Continue reading Episode 14 of “Cooking The Books” Podcast Now Available!

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou, Romeo? Well, it's Valentine's Day so really, what other tale of star-crossed love, murder and suicide could I possibly blog about on this day of hearts and romance than Romeo and Juliet? Seriously though, during my recent move, I finally found my huge book of Shakespeare's plays which had been … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare