Recently I’ve been mildly obsessed with Elif Batuman’s The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them (2011). It’s a collection of essays about Russian literature and her experiences as a PhD student at Stanford. In the first chapter, ‘Babel in California,’ Batuman describes a conference at Stanford, dedicated to the analysis of the work of Isaak Babel. Like so many academic conferences, it is simultaneously enlightening and farcical.
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I’m away this week and will be spending the rest of the month eating. Hurrah! But I leave you with some holiday reading:
A ‘Jewnitarian‘ Christmas.
David Lebovitz on Christmas in France.
Seventeenth-century decorations for mince pies.
A frugal Christmas cake for the recession from the Observer.
Yum – panettone.
Eva Wiseman on the Christmas sandwich.
Making Estonian blood sausages for Christmas.
It’s time to make latkes.
Christmas in Mexico.
Christmas recipes for those of us sweltering in the southern hemisphere.
See you in 2012.