The Graphic Canon ~ The Grave's a Fine and Private Place
Most hard liquors are made by fermenting the same old grains - wheat, rye, or corn. But any grain, fruit, or starchy vegetable can be fermented. In fact, any source of sugar or starch can be. I’m intrigued by alcohol made by fermenting unusual things. Below, I’m presenting a list of liquors made from uncommon sources. The alcohol is not flavored or infused with these things - it is literally made from them.
All of the liquors I list here are commercially available. Unfortunately, they’re almost always put out by tiny distilleries with limited distribution. Getting them can be tricky. (I’ve found that Drink Up NY carries lots of obscure liquors, and their prices are steeply discounted.)
If you know of other liquors that belong here, please let me know. (My email is my first and last name as one word, at Gmail.)
4 months ago
You don’t have to write a book in order to reflect reality. You can also write a book to create reality. Most teen readers, I found, understood this, because they were living their lives to create reality, not merely reflect it.
Reminds me of something William Burroughs said: “The purpose of writing is to make it happen.”
Every poem, every manuscript, every letter, the books she read, photos of her belongings … pretty much every object having to do with Emily Dickinson has either gone online recently or will be getting posted soon. Here’s a guide to the digital Dickinson renaissance:
Emily Dickinson Archive at Harvard University [link]: In fall 2013, Harvard University posted its Dickinson holdings (the most extensive in the world), along with those of other institutions and collections. All the handwritten manuscripts and fascicles, plus the complete contents of the definitive editions of her poems (including variant versions). As well as supplementary material, advanced search functions, and the ability of users to annotate online.
Emily Dickinson Collection at Amherst College [link]: The university of Dickinson’s hometown has posted all of its manuscripts, including 497 poems and 305 letters. Has some search functionality, with more tools and features being added as time goes on.
Dickinson Family Library, 1810-1977 [link]: Ongoing effort to scan and post every page of all volumes in the Dickinson family library, including Emily’s Bible. (Information about this effort is here.)
Recreating Emily Dickinson’s Gardens [link]: Interview regarding the New York Botanical Garden’s 2010 show that recreated the Dickinson family home’s extensive garden, where Emily spent many, many hours. (A video is here.)
[Photo: Mural at West Cemetery in Amherst. From inAmherst.com.]
"In a famous 1939 study conducted by the Rockefeller Institute, a thousand rats were fed a diet equivalent to that of the average American. The rodents developed 39 different diseases of affluence akin to those seen in the human populace. Another thousand rats were fed a calorie-restricted, raw-food diet modeled on the ascetic customs of a long-lived tribe in the Himalayas. Not one rat in the second group became sick in two and a half years."
11 months ago
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