It had been a slow insufferable reading. I could find nothing that made me symphatise with either Lady Katherine Grey or Katherine Plantagenet. I don't understand why the choice of these two together as the protagonists of this book: Lady Jane Grey's sister and Richard III's illegitimate daughter. Apart from sharing the same name, what similarities were shown in the book to be theirs? And why set the seeking of the truth behind the murders of the princes in the tower in Katherine Grey's lifetime, in particular?
I suppose Weir tried to produce a balanced pro and con to the well-accepted theory that Richard III did away with his nephews by choosing Richard's own daughter to give the counter opinion. Except it was never balanced for even from Kate Plantagenet's point of view, there were so many rumours being cited. In the end this is just a presentation of why Richard III was a crook. Obviously the theory is the same as the one Weir presented in her non-fiction The Princes in the Tower. Now that really kills my intention to ever read that book. A pity I actually have a hard copy of it....more
This is an anthology of essays and photographs dealing with 'food' and actually classified under 'art' at my university library's shelves.
There are inThis is an anthology of essays and photographs dealing with 'food' and actually classified under 'art' at my university library's shelves.
There are interesting essays, like What a City Should Taste Like which talks about not disallowing vendors in cities like Toronto and Washington D.C (this anthology takes place mostly in Canada, by the way), and Placing Food and Global Tastes which adamantly promote you eat local, and the ones that talk about Fallen Fruit movement and Seeds of Our City. Fallen Fruit movement for example really intrigues me. It maps fruit trees in an urban area and encourages that people should be allowed to pluck fruits even from private houses (but strictly no hoarding!). After all a house where only a husband and wife live cannot eat all the fruits and usually just let them to fall and rot on the ground. They also go around at night asking permission to pluck fruits which they will put into a food bank. There is also an activity where people gather together and bring their fruits and they make jams out of them. The movement is also campaigning for a communal land where fruit trees are grown and people can go and pluck them (again, no hoarding!).
My favourite article is The Rise of Gastronaut by Jane Levi that talks about how the food brought to the outer space has changed overtime. It is amazing to learn that the Americans dismissed thought about food for its astronauts, making them subsist on tasteless shapeless foods, while the Russians believed that food played an important role in the psychology of its cosmonauts and made sure they ate good delicious foods. Yuri Gagarin even wrote a book about it. The American astronauts were not allowed to complain about their food, and yet the Soviet Union was the country that supposedly was non-liberal. This essay alone warrants five stars.
But there are also articles that do not quite interest me and I don't quite get the photographs articles. One of them take a big chunk of the book showing pictures of food that author presumably had eaten, categorised into different types, and one collection is of macro photography of hard candies. And the most befuddling is the one that is supposedly about memory invoked by foods, which have pictures of meals from some old recipe books I presume and prose and poetry that I cannot for the life of me relate to those pictures. Art, I just don't get it....more