Mayan Chultuns and Experimental Archaeology

December 5, 2011
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It’s been a while since I’ve contributed to The Love Machine, with Cait providing all the content for a while now. I’ve been busy with grad school work, but that’s not really a good excuse – I could have found the time if I wanted to. I’m re-affirming my presence on this blog and will […]

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Beauty Norms: Multiplicity and Methodology

November 29, 2011
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I’ve already written about my research interests at the intersection of food and pop culture. I’d like to turn to my other interest, clothing, and see the possibilities there. Just as preparing and eating food can be a form of self-expression, we can deliberately use clothing as a form of self-expression too. Before I start […]

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“What’s Cooking?” Family Discord

November 22, 2011
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Readers, please forgive the delay in part two of my examination of Gurinder Chadha’s What’s Cooking? Immediately after finishing drafting this post last Tuesday, my laptop got a particularly annoying bit of malware. Fortunately it was not a very bright bit of malware, so I managed to patch things up technologically in time to bring […]

Posted in: Film, Food & Beverage

“What’s Cooking?” The Ideal Thanksgiving

November 8, 2011
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It’s been months since I last worked on a large research project, and it’s time I got back to my roots. I need to revisit my driving interests, the reasons I started investigating media, race, and gender in the first place. Judging from my work at The Love Machine, my main interests may not be […]

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Restaurants Are Museums Now

October 18, 2011
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I’ve been brushing up on my arts and humanities theory the past few months. My first step was to remind myself of the very basics. For this, I reread a text from undergrad, The Theory Toolbox. The book was written specifically to explain basic arts and humanities theories to undergrads, and its authors manage it […]

Posted in: Food & Beverage

“Free to Be…Consumers”

October 4, 2011
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“Today, the utmost radical horizon of our imagination is global capitalism with a human face.” – Slavoj Žižek*     Now that the kids of America are officially back to school, it brings to mind the above commercial, which aired during last year’s back-to-school retail circus. The commercial, which is for Target, depicts three sisters, […]

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Love Letter: The Mall

October 3, 2011
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So, uh, I come to bury The Mall, not to praise him. At the end of the day, malls suck. They’re soulless, homogenized temples to the sweatshop and the corporation, and the merchandise their stores sell is low-quality and overpriced. But you know all that already, and probably don’t want to hear more about it. […]

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