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Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen, by Laurie Colwin

Christmas, 1992. We ate a spiced beef roast that I had cured with juniper, allspice and salt for two weeks and a Country Christmas Cake, a heavy, dark fruitcake swathed in marzipan that had been aging since October. 429 more words


Will It Waffle?, by Daniel Shumski

I was up late, reading The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, and needed a snack before turning out the light. Lovecraft is heavy going, so I wanted something to restore my spirit:  a grilled cheese sandwich. 279 more words


Batman: The Animated Series

We round out Batman Week with Penelope’s review of the other Batman TV show.—Ed.

There is joy in Gotham! After decades of legal wrangling, the 1966 Batman TV show is finally coming to home video in November. 448 more words

Television Shows

Room 237 (2013)

Have you watched The Shining? Did you notice the placement of cans of Calumet Baking Powder in the hotel pantry? The disappearing chair, the impossible window, the reversal of the hexagonal carpet pattern? 458 more words

Readers' Advisory

Penelope’s Possibilities: March

Top of the mornin’ to ya!

I like March for a few different reasons, but mainly, it feels to me like a gateway month from cold to warm-ish. 383 more words

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Penelope’s Possibilities: January

There are three different types of people in this world when it comes to trying something new:

  1. People who dive right in to new things, regardless of what they are, always willing to try and experience something new.
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Penelope's Picks: Flashbacks From the Cold War

When is the last time you sat down, closed your eyes, and listened to an album start-to-finish, cover-to-cover, with no interruptions? These days, with songs, shares, and videos inundating YouTube, Spotify, and Vimeo, the music industry resembles something like a severely ADHD kid on Red Bull, and it’s a trick just to sort through it all to focus on an album as a whole. 572 more words

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