that look… (by 和曦)
“In the depths of the mirror the evening landscape moved by, the mirror and the reflected figures like motion pictures superimposed one on the other. The figures and the background were unrelated, and yet the figures, transparent and intangible, and the background, dim in the gathering darkness, melted into a sort of symbolic world not of this world. Particularly when a light out in the mountains shone in the centre of the girl’s face, Shimamura felt his chest rise at the inexpressible beauty of it.”
Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Tango
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A few recipe notes:
1. Don’t let the ease of this pumpkin soup recipe fool you. It would make a killer starter to any entertaining plans that include your cooking a meal, including Thanksgiving. It’s a one pot shop and can be pulled together in 10 minutes, leaving more time for last-minute mashing and gravy slurries to be made.
2. If you prefer to use a fresh pumpkin instead of the canned variety, choose a 2-3 pound pumpkin, peel and chop it and cook covered in the chicken or veggie broth for about 5-8 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Blend in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth then return to the pan. Continue the recipe at the coconut milk stage.
3. Making this a main meal is terribly simple with the addition of a simple protein. For poultry lovers, add in 2-3 chicken breasts chopped into bite-size chunks when you add the coconut milk and cook for about 5 minutes longer or until the chicken is cooked through.
4. For vegetarians, add chunks of tofu and even a few green beans or peas once you’ve added the coconut milk and cook until warmed through.
5. If you’re using a fresh pumpkin, reserve a cup or so and add in the chunks to the soup for more bite.
Jane Austen scholar Paula Byrne calls the author’s likeness on the new banknote “a nineteenth century airbrushed makeover.” The image is based on the famous portrait by Austen’s sister Cassandra. Says Byrne, “It makes me quite angry as it’s been prettied up for the Victorian era when Jane Austen was very much a woman of Georgian character. The costume is wrong and the image creates a myth Austen was a demure spinster and not a deep-thinking author.”
Tea Ceremony in the Cold (Housen-in temple, Kyoto (by Marser)
Vladimir Nabokov, Laughter in the Dark
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
Work: Valse des Fleurs from Щелкунчик [The Nutcracker] (1892)
Performer: Berliner Philharmoniker; conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich
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