24 October 2011 2 Comments

Salon: My Sharon essay excerpted

I’ve an essay on Ariel Sharon and his irresistible appetites — culinary and political — in a book out this week called Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food during Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents. My essay is excerpted on Salon.com and elicited some responses from people who were too daft to see […]

14 October 2011 0 Comments

Hacks Gorging on the Job

When I first became a journalist, a great revelation was the free food people gave me. Coming from a home in which, my mother would freely admit, the most exciting culinary moments came when the oil in the chip pan caught fire, gourmet stuff on someone else’s tab was a considerable career incentive. For example, […]

15 August 2009 0 Comments

West Bank settlers and memories of Sharon

The current edition of Details has a terrific investigative piece about the youthful extreme segment of the Israeli settler movement. It’s by my chum Matt McAllester who spent five years based in Jerusalem as a correspondent and returned earlier this year to probe deep into this largely inaccessible (to foreign journalists, at least) fringe of […]