Eat Your Vegetables: "Citizen Kane"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Jonathan Sircy shares the benefit and appeal of some of the culture's more inaccessible or intimidating artifacts.Cultural Vegetable of the Week: Citizen KaneVegetable Equivalent: The vegetable you loved as a child but through a cruel twist of digestive fate can now no longer consumeNutritional Value: America encapsulated in one gloriously conflicted tycoon; the responsibility of interpretationRecommended Serving Size: The entire film, viewed in one … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Gulliver's Travels"

High-brow Cultural Vegetable of the Week: Gulliver’s TravelsVegetable Equivalent: Broccoli, a vegetable forced upon you as a child but returned to with enthusiasm as an adultNutritional Value: Improved eyesight; greater awareness of proportionRecommended Serving Size: Parts One and Four and a refusal to accept the 2010 Jack Black-vehicle adaptation as a substituteGreat satire makes unfamiliar the things we take for granted. Properly deployed, satire forces us to be both the observer a … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Eat Your Vegetables . . . and Ponder the Global Consequences

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Carissa Smith shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.This week I have for your consideration a literal vegetable, the South American "superfood" quinoa, readily available to U.S. consumers in the upscale supermarket of your choice. Quinoa, which resembles something like a nuttier, crunchier couscous in flavor and texture, is easily mistaken for a grain but, as I learned from this article, it “is actually a chenopod, … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: "Jane Eyre"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Carissa Smith shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.The release of a new film version of Jane Eyre makes this a perfect time to reread—or encounter for the first time—Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel of a “plain” governess who asserts her right to love and be loved. And I speak as someone who doesn’t really like Jane Eyre—or anything written by any Brontë—but who has developed an appreciation for it through the reading … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: Handel's "Messiah"

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Carissa Smith shares the benefit and appeal of some more high-brow culture we should be consuming.As a child raised primarily on classical music (with a healthy dose of Broadway musicals and Simon & Garfunkel), I loved Handel’s Messiah from an early age. (Family legend states, perhaps somewhat hyperbolically, that I first raised myself to a standing position to the strains of the “Hallelujah Chorus.”) Later, around age eleven, when I first heard the story t … [Read more...]

Eat Your Vegetables: Trollope!

Each week in Eat Your Vegetables, Carissa Smith shares with us some of the more high-brow culture we should be consuming.For our first nutritious and edifying offering, we have the fiction of Anthony Trollope, Victorian novelist and gentle satirist of Anglican church politics.Trollope is posthumously making his way around the artsy Christian blogosphere this week, due to Image editor Gregory Wolfe's essay "Religious but Not Spiritual," in which he praises Trollope's The Warden for "striking … [Read more...]


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