What We Are Reading Today: The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson

Updated 16 May 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: The Way We Eat Now by Bee Wilson

  • A book on present-day eating habits

The Way We Eat Now is an insightful and astonishing book about our present-day eating habits. 

“It is both useful and informative, thoroughly and enterprisingly reported. When she is not hectoring, author Bee Wilson presents a remarkable array of data, often in unusual and striking charts, and delivers numerous surprises,” said Corby Kummer in a review published in The New York Times. 

Hummer said Wilson “shows that countries like Chile and cities like Amsterdam, which builds exercise into its urban design and takes a citywide multigenerational approach to eating better and eating together, are pointing the way toward the kind of change we need.” 

Wilson also “shows that such policies aren’t necessarily new: 18th-century France, in a kind of broken-windows approach to enforcing good food, had a policy of policing bread, since bad bread was a sign of social breakdown,” said Hummer. 

The critic added: “Wilson’s concluding chapters are concerned with repairing our broken connection to food.”


What We Are Reading Today: Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Updated 23 min 11 sec ago
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What We Are Reading Today: Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Introduced, edited by Andrei Codrescu

Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) was one of the 19th century’s best-known writers, his name celebrated alongside those of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson. Born in Greece and raised in Ireland, Hearn was a true prodigy and world traveler. He worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and the West Indies before heading to Japan in 1890 on a commission from Harper’s. There, he married a Japanese woman from a samurai family, changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo, and became a Japanese subject. An avid collector of traditional Japanese tales, legends, and myths, Hearn taught literature and wrote his own tales for both Japanese and Western audiences. Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn brings together 28 of Hearn’s strangest and most entertaining stories in one elegant volume. Hearn’s tales span a variety of genres. Many are fantastical ghost stories, such as “The Corpse-Rider,” in which a man foils the attempts of his former wife’s ghost to haunt him.
Throughout this collection, Hearn’s reverence for Japan shines through, and his stories provide insights into the country’s artistic and cultural heritage.