Monthly Archives: August 2011

Learning from “MasterChef”

At my house, we’ve been following the second season of MasterChef all summer, and we’ll be watching its conclusion on Monday and Tuesday. The contestants begin as ambitious home cooks, people who’ve clearly been “the chef” in their families and among … Continue reading

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Pictures from an Institution

Observation made confidently from page 71:  Randall Jarrell’s one novel for adults, Pictures from an Institution, delivers a particular kind of pleasure and only that kind.  It doesn’t have much of a plot; its characters aren’t really characters; its pleasure stems … Continue reading

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