Yes, I’m a geek.

   July 15, 2011 10:33 am    1

 

If you are, also, a food reading geek, you will, also, love this.

It’s kind of pathetic and a little bit embarrassing, but in my free time, when nobody’s looking, I voraciously consume The New Yorker, Harper’s magazine, the Huffington Post and CNN. If I need to escape the planet, I read Robert Frost or Carl Sandburg or some off-the-wall mystical yoga stuff. Sometimes I read topical nonfiction. I recently finished an anthropological tome “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human.” Fascinating.
I don’t usually tell people this because I’m afraid they’ll think I’m a snob. In my defense, I should say I also read The Onion, goof around on Facebook and will look for the most recent issue of People when I’m getting my hair done.
But, in truth, my heart yearns for the ivory tower — well, except for the whole masters-degree-seeking cargo-shorts-wearing tree-hugger lifestyle part. I recycle and like yoga, but I’m pretty attached to my day job.
I say all this because I have a book to give away to a kindred spirit. It’s the summer 2011 issue of Lapham's Quarterly, a digest created by former Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham. The issue contains dozens of short writings on the subject of food. That’s the only criteria. The writings can be funny, sad, exotic, interesting or just plain odd. Lapham chose writings from throughout human history, including one essay written in 2200 B.C. and a Los Angeles Times story published this year.
My point is, if this issue (220 pages, $15 cover price) interests you on some level, send me an e-mail with your name, address and keyword “Lapham.” The address is jennie.geisler@timesnews.com. If anyone enters, I’ll choose one fellow geek to send my extra copy to.
But you can’t have mine. You wouldn’t want it. It’s all dogeared.

 

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