Did not know that Marion Nestle had a blog. She does. The current post about efforts to stifle Pollan by Big Ag donors to Cal Poly is scary as hell, esp in the profits before people logic that ties it all together. More generally, this dynamic points to a significant challenge to ag reform, which is that generally speaking the money supporting agricultural higher education comes from outfits that have a vested interest in the status quo. Especially as state universities become a sentimental fiction, the corporate influence on the research component of ag reform is worth keeping an eye on.
...and wake me when it's over.* Calling out Hesser and her Food52 thing is a smart move for Kimball, in that it narrows and defines his competition in a way that makes ATC look better. Kimball asserts that "The current rage is the WIKI recipe notion — a community of on-line
foodies who can select and tweak recipes to come up with the best
possible version." It is perhaps a "current rage" in the fertile dreamlife of Amanda Hesser's publicist, but such projects are a very small fraction of what Kimball calls the "white noise" of (food writing) on the Internet. It's not Food52 that has people trying to cancel their Cooks subs as much as it is sites like the ones AG mentions in the penultimate antepenultimate graf of his rejoinder to Kimball. On the downside, by issuing this kind of challenge, Kimball throws his lot in with the ethos of TV shows like "Whip it out with Bobby Flay," or whatever it's called. Are you wondering if I can explain the title of this post? Well I think it can be easily done:
*Don't miss the comments. Those folks who were heckling Kathy Griffin must have jobs commenting on this blog.
"Rest in peace" does not seem like the right farewell for Capt. Lou. Perhaps "Reign in Chaos" would be more appropriate. As another cherished, albeit not central, icon of youth shuffles off the scene, it strikes me that getting old is like working your way through college. When you arrive, there are three years worth of older kids who seem legendary or mythical to some degree or another. They graduate or leave and are replaced by kids who are younger than you are, and seem sort of earnest and boring. Real life is like that, except that instead of graduating, you die. Bummer. Play us off, NRBQ: