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Magical Narcissism Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food and Chefs

Magical Narcissism Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food and Chefs

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What has happened to Bret Easton Ellis' ego? Why does Ferran Adrià reject the gastronomy he invented? Whowas the poet that punched her husband in the face? Why is David Sedaris broken in the wrong way? When is itcomforting to eat spleen? Where did Timothy Taylor take a wrong turn? In MAGICAL NARCISSISM,award-winning Canadian journalist and critic Shaun Smith investigates all these questions and many others ashe pursues his two great loves: books and food.In dozens of short pieces, Smith tackles works by such luminaries as Steve Martin, Joan Didion, DouglasCoupland, Tom Perrotta, Iain Banks, Christopher Hitchens, Heston Blumenthal, Susur Lee, Bonnie Stern, JeffreySteingarten, and A.A. Gill. He takes us to pig roasts in southern Ontario and northern Spain. He wonders whypeople want books defaced by author autographs. He sings the praises of invention. And he laments a dearth of donuts.Sometimes caustic, sometimes celebratory, always entertaining, the works in this volume represent the bestfrom fifteen years of writing for such publications as the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, CBC.ca, Quill & Quire,and others. "Books and food, are not really so disparate," writes Smith; "both provide sustenance and, if you'relucky, gratification, and both can - and in my case usually do - elicit strong opinion."Read more
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