Lots to learn about the fusion of West African, Western European, and Native American culinary elements behind the home cooking and comfort food of my...moreLots to learn about the fusion of West African, Western European, and Native American culinary elements behind the home cooking and comfort food of my childhood. I discovered that some of what I thought were my own Southern family's peculiar tastes (for example, accompanying dishes with bites of a fresh raw hot pepper) are actually regional foodways with a long and interesting history. There's lots of important history in the early chapters, too, about how restricting food access and assistance to poor blacks post-Civil War and during the Civil Rights Movement was a deliberate attempt by Southern authorities to undermine political organizing in black communities--which brings to mind the overwhelming present-day rejection by Southern states of federal safety net programs for low-income communities including SNAP and Medicaid expansion. These things aren't unrelated.(less)
"'Out of the frying pan and into the fire,' Orr said. 'Don't you see, Dr. Haber, that's all you'll get from me?....Your own ideas are sane and rationa...more"'Out of the frying pan and into the fire,' Orr said. 'Don't you see, Dr. Haber, that's all you'll get from me?....Your own ideas are sane and rational, but this is my unconscious you're trying to use, not my rational mind. Maybe rationally I could conceive of the human species not trying to kill each other off by nations, in fact rationally it's easier to to conceive of than the motives of war. But you're handling something outside reason. You're trying to reach progressive, humanitarian goals with a tool that isn't suited for the job. Who has humanitarian dreams?'" (p. 86)(less)
I enjoyed perusing Chapters 6-7 on herbal medicines and DIY complementary therapies. And where but on page 59 would I ever learn the number of grams o...moreI enjoyed perusing Chapters 6-7 on herbal medicines and DIY complementary therapies. And where but on page 59 would I ever learn the number of grams of fat in a cheese and pickle sandwich (10 g)? (less)
Main takeaways: John of Patmos (JP) and Paul wouldn't have been friends; JP's revelation was written in the wake of war; there are many other Christia...moreMain takeaways: John of Patmos (JP) and Paul wouldn't have been friends; JP's revelation was written in the wake of war; there are many other Christian apocalypses; JP's inclusion among accepted holy texts was long disputed; Constantine's patronage was a major game-changer, for JP and for Catholic Christianity; Athanasius was ruthless.
As a result of the official strong-arm canonization of JP's apocalypse, and the campaign of extermination carried out by apostolic Christian authorities against revelatory/prophetic Christian voices:
...."Left out are the visions that lift their hearers beyond apocalyptic polarities to see the human race as a whole--and, for that matter, to see each one of us as a whole, having the capacity for both cruelty and compassion. Those who championed John's Revelation finally succeeded in obliterating visions associated with Origen, 'the father of the church' posthumously condemned as a heretic some three hundred years after his death, who envisioned animals, stars, and stones, as well as humans, demons, and angels, sharing a common origin and destiny. Writings not directly connected with Origen, like The Secret Revelation of John, the Gospel of Truth, and Thunder, Perfect Mind, also speak of the kinship of all beings with one another and with God. Living in an increasingly interconnected world, we need such universal visions more than ever. Recovering such lost and silenced voices, even when we don't accept everything they say, reminds us that even our clearest insights are more like glimpses 'seen through a glass darkly' than maps of complete and indelible truth" (p. 176).(less)