A witty cultural and culinary education, Immoveable Feast is the charming, funny, and improbable tale of how a man who was raised on white bread—and didn't speak a word of French—unexpectedly ended up with the sacred duty of preparing the annual Christmas dinner for a venerable Parisian family.
Ernest Hemingway called Paris "a moveable feast"—a city ready to embrace you at any time in life. For Los Angeles–based film critic John Baxter, that moment came when he fell in love with a French woman and impulsively moved to Paris to marry her. As a test of his love, his skeptical in-laws charged him with cooking the next Christmas banquet—for eighteen people in their ancestral country home. Baxter's memoir of his yearlong quest takes readers along his misadventures and delicious triumphs as he visits the farthest corners of France in search of the country's best recipes and ingredients. Irresistible and fascinating, Immoveable Feast is a warmhearted tale of good food, romance, family, and the Christmas spirit, Parisian style.
The candid and far-reaching interview with the public intellectual and author of Illness as Metaphor, conducted in 1978 Paris and New York. Over the summer and fall of 1978, Susan Sontag engaged in a series of deeply stimulating, provocative and intimate conversations with Jonathan Cott of Rolling Stone magazine. While the printed interview was extensive, it covered only a third of their twelve hours of discussion. Now, for the first time, the entire transcript of Sontag’s remarkable conversation is available in book form, accompanied by Cott’s preface and recollections.An acclaimed author of novels and essays, a renowned cultural critic and radical anti-war activist, Sontag was at the height of her powers in the late 1970s. Her musings and observations in this interview reveal the breadth and depth of her critical intelligence and curiosities at the time. These hours of conversation offer a revelatory and indispensable look at the self-described "besotted aesthete" and "obsessed moralist."
«Hay unas pequeñas rosas rosadas sobre el escritorio. Qué extraña tristeza suelen desprender las rosas de otoño…»
«Por primera vez en semanas, estoy aquí sola, dispuesta a retomar mi vida "real". Eso es lo extraño: que ni los amigos, ni siquiera los amores apasionados, son mi vida real, a menos que disponga de un tiempo a solas para explorar y descubrir cuanto está ocurriendo, o cuanto ya ha ocurrido».
May Sarton espera abrirse camino «entre las abruptas y rocosas profundidades para llegar al núcleo de la matriz, donde aún quedan iras y violencias no resueltas. Mi necesidad de estar a solas siempre está en contrapunto con el miedo a todo aquello que sucederá si de repente, una vez adentrada en el enorme y vacío silencio, no puedo encontrar apoyo alguno».
Sarton escribe con un riguroso sentido de la observación y una gran carga emocional sobre el mundo interior y exterior: las estaciones, la vida cotidiana, los libros, la gente, las ideas; y a medida que se detiene en todo ello, va conformando su viaje artístico y espiritual. En este libro nos encontramos más cerca que nunca de la esencia de su escritura.
In 1995 Alice's mother collapsed with pneumonia. She never fully recovered and was eventually diagnosed with ME, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Then Alice got ill. Their symptoms mirrored their mother's and appeared to have no physical cause; they received the same diagnosis a few years later. Ill Feelings blends memoir, medical history, biography and literary non-fiction to uncover both of their case histories, and branches out into the records of ill health that women have written about in diaries and letters. Their cast of characters includes Virginia Woolf and Alice James, the poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickinson, John Ruskin's lost love Rose la Touche, the artist Louise Bourgeois and the nurse Florence Nightingale. Suffused with a generative, transcendent rage, Alice Hattrick's genre-bending debut is a moving and defiant exploration of life with a medically unexplained illness.
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