Diane Leach

Diane Leach has a Master's Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. When not writing for PopMatters.com, she blogs at Theinsufficientkitchen.com. She can be reached at [email protected]

Features // 5 Articles
Columns // 4 Articles
Reviews // 213 Articles
Blogs // 56 Articles

Ayn Rand and the World She Made | 8 Nov 2009 // 2:59 PM

Ayn Rand set out to remake reality as if it were an ill-fitting dress: by sheer will, she tried to fashion a Balenciaga gown from a housedress.

Moonwalking | 7 Jul 2009 // 4:00 PM

My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.


2013 Was a Fine Year to Have Your Head In a Book | 12 Jan 2014 // 8:05 PM

Five books published in 2013 that stayed with me, that I found myself urging on others, that I now say to you, Hey! Read this!

Riding Into a Nightmare: 'A Train in Winter' | 22 Jan 2012 // 3:00 PM

Caroline Moorehead's A Train In Winter, like Daniel Mendelsohn's The Lost, leaves nothing to the imagination, a decision that makes reading it simultaneously engrossing and deeply disturbing.


Time Keeps on Slipping Into the Future: Jane Smiley's 'Golden Age' | 10 Nov 2015 // 2:00 AM

Completing Smiley's final installment of The Last Hundred Years Trilogy, we feel the peculiar sadness of missing people who don’t actually exist, and must resist the impulse to wave goodbye.

What's It Really Like When Women Face the (Professional) Stove? | 4 Nov 2015 // 1:00 AM

Reading Women Chefs of New York at a local diner with a Chinese shrine above the cooktop, I wondered what those chefs would have to say about women’s roles in professional kitchens.


'A Change of Appetite' Is a Cookbook Game-Changer | 10 Nov 2015 // 4:00 AM

When her physician asked her to lose weight, Diana Henry searched for delicious food that was "accidentally healthy". The wonderful A Change of Appetite is the result.

Hachisu's Relentless Curiosity About Japanese Food Is Our Gain | 26 Oct 2015 // 5:30 AM

When Nancy Hachisu wrote, "I could write a whole book about Japanese pickles", she wasn't kidding. Here it is with her second cookbook, Preserving the Japanese Way.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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