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7/13/2014

Behold–a very short history of the reusable ice pack. But it might be long enough to cool you off just a little bit. Find out who made it and marvel at the NYT Magazine art department’s mesmerizing accompanying image.

6/29/2014

I’m now writing the New York Times Magazine‘s design/innovation column, Who Made That! Just in time for summer fun, I took on the origins and pleasures of the Slip N’ Slide. Click here for instant refreshment.I alternate weeks with the smart, funny Dashka Slater, so be sure to check out her columns, too.

6/25/2014

There is a wonderful book called Fictitious Dishes, which recreates meals from beloved books in photographic form. I wrote about it in my latest Bookforum column and still have it on my mind.

4/21/2014

On Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s Lakeside Center in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Ice skating in the winter, roller skating and a water park in the summer–all complete with restored Olmsted & Vaux landscaping. Hard to beat.

4/10/2014

In which I ponder edible seaweed, making your own salt, and why buying your own cow isn’t really a solution for most people who want to eat quality beef at low prices.

1/14/2014

I’m a little late posting this one, but if you are a lover of automats, turn of the century New York, or food history, you might like it. It’s in Bookforum (where there are many, many other great things to read, too).

9/22/2013

Candy. Bookforum. My dream assignment. That’s all I’m going to say.

2/1/2013

Do you like bao? Or Emerson? Or basketball? Or hip hop? Or lions? Find them all, and even more I can’t possibly begin to describe in my new Bookforum column on chef Eddie Huang and his memoir, Fresh Off the Boat. If nothing else you’re going to find yourself very, very hungry. But he’s pretty hilarious company, too.

12/1/2012

Okay, yes, it’s about fruitcake. But really it’s about sending people food as a holiday gift and why you should (in my opinion) do it. Also, I threw in some Greek mythology to distract you from the fruitcake. Click here.

11/6/2012

Go out and get Margaret Talbot’s truly fantastic new book about her actor father Lyle and his journey through the byways and bright lights of American entertainment from carnival sideshows to Hollywood, Ed Wood, and Ozzie and Harriet. If you need more convincing than that, read my review in the hot-off-the-internet-presses new Slate Book Review.