Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.) by Barbara Kingsolver

By Barbara Kingsolver

Writer Barbara Kingsolver and her kin deserted the industrial-food pipeline to reside a rural life—vowing that, for 365 days, they’d basically purchase foodstuff raised of their personal local, develop it themselves, or learn how to dwell with no it. half memoir, half journalistic research, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is a charming narrative that would open your eyes in 100 new how one can an outdated fact: you're what you devour.

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Obviously O’Hara’s power and authority did not simply evaporate in these newly configured relationships and sites. But their character did change. At his apartment, where most of this informal pedagogy took place, students like Tony Towle, Bill Berkson, Joe Ceravolo, Frank Lima, and Jim Brodey could watch O’Hara teach in his “natural habitat” — his own artwork and book collection replacing the supposedly neutral context of the seminar room. Towle says of his experience going to O’Hara’s apartment, listening to Satie and Prokofiev: “Between pieces, and between movements during the pieces, O’Hara was coming out with a dazzling array of comments.

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