Eat Your Vegetables: "The Ambassadors"

High-brow Cultural Vegetable of the Week: The Ambassadors (Hans Holbein, 1533)Vegetable Equivalent: Any vegetable grown in and exported from FranceNutritional Value: A reminder of how we use art to stave off deathRecommended Serving Size: Five good minutes actually looking at the thingIn 1533, King Henry VIII of England married his second wife Anne Boelyn, creating an international furor. He had gotten Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to annul his first marriage against the Pope's wishes, and … [Read more...]

Of Shakespeare and Conspiracies: The Real Stakes of the "Who Was Shakespeare?" Debate

Somewhere, Oliver Stone is smiling. The new Roland Emmerich-directed film Anonymous opened in U.S. theaters recently, giving anti-Stratfordians their own version of Stone's JFK, i.e., a fictional account of a popular conspiracy theory. The adjective "anti-Stratfordian" describes anyone who believes that the man who hailed from Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare, did not write the 30+ plays and numerous poems attributed to him. Anonymous goes further and portrays Edward de Vere, the 17th … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Days of Heaven"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Jonathan Sircy shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.High-brow Cultural Vegetable of the Week: Days of Heaven (Terrence Malick, 1978)Vegetable Equivalent: Any vegetable that requires migrant workers to help harvest itNutritional Value: Helps metabolize the cell walls in your physical and spiritual eyesRecommended Serving Size: Watch in one, commercial free sitting; for maximum effect, pregame by listening to … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Paradise Lost"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Jonathan Sircy shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.High-Culture Vegetable of the Week: John Milton’s Paradise LostActual Vegetable Equivalent: The best garden salad you’ve ever tasted…served in a bowl the size of the universeNutritional Value: an anti-oxidant that will either answer your questions about God’s ways toward men or so overwhelm you that you drop the questions and simply proceed on faith that God k … [Read more...]


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