- Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 -- 9pm
- Location: Somerville, MA
- Kitchen: My Apartment
- Fellow Chef: Craig
- Dining Companions: Matty, Ana, Glen, and Jessie
- Recipe Rating: A-
I just got back from book club. We were talking about "On Beauty" by Zadie Smith. I didn't start it until Monday, so I only read the first 70 pages or so, but I am enjoying it so far and I plan to finish it. Two of the main characters in the book are academics, so much of the discussion this evening focused on the life of an academic. One woman in my book club had some really slanderous things to say about academia. My personal favorite: "Everybody knows you should never listen to an academic." Huh. I didn't know that actually. She went on and on. I had to bite my tongue for two hours straight. It wasn't even worth it to argue with her. I did learn amazing things from her though. For instance, apparently male academics aren't capable of loving their families. Who knew? She also described one of the characters in the book as being "torn between her desire to be an academic and her desire to be sexually appealing." I thought that was pretty special. This woman knows I am in academia -- even if she really thinks academics are the inhuman bastards she portrayed them to be, why would she say that to me? Very mysterious...