Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 4:51 am
Visiting my brother and sister-in-law in Maine this winter, the talk turned to baking. Specifically, flourless baking.
"These cookies are so good," Emily said, munching on an almond-butter round packed liberally with chocolate chips but no flour. I'd brought them in my carry-on from San Francisco; they were surprisingly sturdy for having such a delicate texture. They were also slightly addictive.
Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 5:00 am
Some of the best writers do a great deal of borrowing; most wizened professionals will say that in order to write anything, you need to read everything. It is how a writer takes what he or she has read and twists it into something new that is the test. Direct quotation is one thing, but weaving influences into an artful collage is another. Novelist Ramona Ausubel toes that line with delicate precision. It's clear where she has come from, but always intriguing to see where she will go on the next page.
Protesters have "renamed" the Bank of Greece in honor of Germany, which many Greeks see as having undue influence over economic decisions in their country. The sign is seen in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece.
A message on a burning building in the center of Athens saying "Hungry? Eat your local Pasok politician" is seen during the demonstration against the new austerity measures in Syntagma Square on Feb. 12, 2012 in Athens, Greece. Greece's creditors have demanded further austerity measures before approving a new bailout from the European Union.