On Translating and Reading Camus’s The Stranger

In my senior literature class we’re finishing up The Stranger, by Albert Camus. Believe it or not, but before this summer I’d never read the novel (there’s a lot of literature out there!). And I am absolutely loving it. Our copy was translated by Matthew Ward, which is a point worth noting—Camus wrote in French, …

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Moss Balls, Air Plants, and Succulents (Oh My!)

For Valentine’s Day I gave Leah four babies. Her babies are green and round and fuzzy, but no, they aren’t tennis balls! Her babies live underwater and come from Japan… by way of Amazon Prime. They’re called marimos, or Japanese moss balls, and by far they’re the strangest plants I’ve ever seen. There’s four of …

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“Bachelor Delight” Recipe

“Bachelor Delight” was a common meal my family made when I was growing up. Though I didn’t realize it 'til now, this was a we’re-busy-and-don’t-have-time-tonight meal. Back then, we called it “Hobo Dinner.” That name isn’t too appealing (and probably not PC), so after making it Leah and I started calling it “Hobo Delight.” Upon …

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