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How it All Vegan

Posted by in Vegan

That’s actually the title of a vegan cookbook given to me for Christmas in Los Angeles. But it is also an apt title for a brief blog on the subject because for me the answer is simply that it began easily. I chanced on a YouTube video of Bill Clinton discussing his switch to a radical vegan diet after a quadruple bypass operation and a lifetime of fried chicken and doughnuts. And though, thank goodness, I’ve never had such heart problems, I thought: why not? So from one day to…read more


Looking at Art

Posted by in Art History

About the third week in May every year there begins a five-day mob scene at the Sloane Square Tube Station in London. The Chelsea Flower Show has begun. Like the Henley Regatta, Wimbledon and Ascot, the Chelsea Flower Show has been taken over by corporate sponsors and their guests. But some individuals do manage to scrape tickets and these divide into roughly two types: Mrs. Love and Mr. Expert. The former stands for long minutes in front of an individual bloom in a trance-like state of awe and wonder. The…read more