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Reading about food & drink #3: sugar, tea, and Cockaigne

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“The Peasant Wedding” (1567) by the Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Great Books & L’Arche: meal stories

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Core members, assistants, and students during Spring Break 2014 ~ pc L’Arche Seattle

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Reading about food & drink #2

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Norman Rockwell, “Freedom From Want” (1943)

Here is part one.

“As nearly the same time as the discovery of alcohol,” writes Fernand Braudel in the first of his three-volume work on capitalism from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century,

Europe, at the centre of the innovations of the world, discovered three new drinks, stimulants, and tonics: coffee, tea, and chocolate.  All three came from abroad: coffee was Arab (originally Ethiopian); tea, Chinese; chocolate, Mexican.

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Reading about food & drink #1

This two-part reflection was inspired by my Great Books classes in the last two years, and by this photo from my Pepperdine colleague Donna Plank.  Norman Rockwell’s classic illustration “Freedom From Want,” which I showed in the American history survey class last week, reminded me to finish these posts before Thanksgiving. Gobble gobble!

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Donna Nofziger Plank’s first-year seminar Faith & Reason, Fall 2012 ~ Students take a break from discussing Plato’s Symposium. Later they would have pears when discussing Augustine’s Confessions.

With two exceptions, all of my non-academic jobs have involved foodstuffs to some extent.
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Starting point for a literary history of Vietnamese in the U.S.

What did the first waves of Vietnamese refugees in America think about themselves? What was their mindset regarding their place in the world?  Is it possible to write a coherent literary history of their experience?

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Cover of the book under discussion, next to a collection by Thái Tú Hạp published three years later ~ Source: nguoi-viet.com

The search for answers can take different directions and have different starting points.  In my opinion, it isn’t a bad idea to begin with a collection of poetry, essays, memoirs, and fiction entitled Tuyển Tập Thơ Văn 90 Tác Giả Việt Nam Hải Ngoại 1975-1981: Selected Poetry and Prose from Ninety Vietnamese Writers Abroad, 1975-1981 (Missouri City, TX: Văn Hữu, 1982). KEEP READING!

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