• Salt Fork Kitchen

    Chicken Little Reviews: Salt Fork Kitchen

    Food gains the title of ‘good’ from its context. Often we obsess over a meal not for the food itself but due to the story behind the ingredients, the pleasant company or the innovative presentation. A late-season apple tastes swee...

  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya

    Talking Movies: Isao Takahata’s ‘The Tale of Princess Kaguya’

    The Tale of Princess Kaguya is animator Isao Takahata’s first film in 14 years, and if you told me that he spent the last decade and a half working on this film...

  • Thanksgiving: Beyond the feast

    UR Here: Beyond the feast

    For the moment, let’s assume the story of the “First Thanksgiving” is true. You know, how the Pilgrims at Plymouth in 1621 sat down with the Indians and had a feast that set off an annual tradition in the colonies and then the Uni...

  • Stranded in Sierra Leone

    Stranded in Sierra Leone

    For residents of Iowa City, Ebola isn’t a lived experience. We don’t view it through the lens of hospitals overcrowded with the dead, dying and distressed, or faceless public workers in hazmat suits dragging black body bags out of...

  • Arts and Crafts!

    Pro Tips with Wayne Diamante: Untapped Etsy opportunities abound in North Korea

    For those of you familiar with my work, it will come as no surprise that I grant a lot of interviews. Fortnightly, without fail, I am asked by some young newshound...