Diane Leach has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from Humboldt State University. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New Mobility, and The Collagist. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 9 2009
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.
Wednesday, July 8 2009
My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.
Friday, January 30 2009
In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?
Thursday, October 23 2008
If Roger Waters existed, if Pink Floyd existed, there was a tiny margin of hope, a filament of promise thinner than jeweler’s wire.
Wednesday, June 18 2008
Secondhand bookstores are about more than literary treasures. As Diane Leach explains, they contain personal histories that connect readers through the ages.
Monday, January 23 2012
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.
Wednesday, February 2 2011
I’ve finally met somebody who possibly loves books more than I do, and certainly knows more about them.
Tuesday, March 2 2010
We so want our geniuses to be perfect people. Or at least nice people -- and so often they aren’t.
Wednesday, June 12 2013
Kate Atkinson’s emphasis here lay not with romantic love but with war, and she uses this book as an opportunity to stay, if only in imagination, some of the hands that killed millions.
Thursday, May 23 2013
In 2001, author Roche's three siblings were killed in an auto accident en route to her wedding. She brings this tragedy to bear on Wrecked's Elizabeth.
Tuesday, May 21 2013
Raised on a lifelong media diet of “good” and “bad” foods, some Americans tend to approach the dinner table in a state of panic.
Monday, May 13 2013
John Baxter, an Australian writer living in France, is distressed at the death of haute cuisine, and thus sets out to discover France's remaining "real" foods. It's an onerous task.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
The Interestings revisits certain Wolitzer themes: the wish for talent versus the possession of it, competition amongst friends, parenting developmentally disabled children, the challenges faced by gay people, and mortal illness.
Monday, June 10 2013
Tenaya Darlington is out to demystify cheese for the timid, but it can be hard to see what a bubble outfit, rickety wheelchair, and oversized sunglasses have to do with an artisanal Northern California cheese.
Tuesday, April 9 2013
When 22 food luminaries assembled to decide on 101 classic cookbooks, one can only imagine what kinds of fights, food or otherwise, transpired. Remember, these are people with very sharp knives.
Tuesday, March 5 2013
April Bloomfield is a direct and unpretentious chef whose love of food and cooking is contaigous. If the recipes don’t grab you, Bloomfield’s cooking philosophy will.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
I have always liked older things, particularly older kitchenware, but it wasn’t until I logged on Etsy recently that I got into trouble. Page after tantalizing page listed loads of vintage Pyrex. I was in the gip of a nascent mania.
Thursday, January 17 2013
Even if your idea of cooking involves a box and a microwave oven, Japanese Farm Food is a captivating look at Japanese rural farm life from an outsider’s vantage point.