Announcing the Ordinary Times Food Symposium
Beginning November 19th and just in time for Thanksgiving, Ordinary Times will be hosting our next Symposium. The topic will be Food.
Consider this a call for guest submissions.
Like all of life’s simplest things, the meaning we give to food is greater and more complex than appears at first blush. Yes, at it’s most basic concept it represents the most fundamental foundation of Maslow’s Pyramid. But we humans have made food so much more.
At times, food is a doorway to the most pleasurable and carnal of our sensual pleasures; at others, it is a deeply ingrained part of our most humble observances toward God. The topic of food is feasts, but it is also famine. (Is there a more starkly poignant an example of inequality than those who go to bed hungry in a word where others casually throw their excess food into the garbage?)
The way we discuss food is the way we talk about health and how we talk about sickness; how we define self-sacrifice and how we define gluttony; how we build our cultural borders and how we tear them down. Discussions about food show where we’ve come from, and where we are going. Food is as deeply personal as it is communal.
Without food, a table is but a place of convenient storage, a suspended plane where we temporarily discard books, car keys and the daily mail. But set food on that same table, and it magically becomes a place where we raise families, solve the World’s Problems over wine, celebrate, mourn, break hearts and fall in love.
When we talk about food, we talk about about art, and politics, and religion, and business, and family, and government, and freedom, and tyranny, and love.
When we talk about food, we talk about everything.
As always, we will take a look at anything that directly or indirectly touches upon the symposium topic, whether it be political argument, cultural observance, personal essay, poetry, photography, music, or — especially in this case — recipes. And as always, if you know someone with special expertise, insight or passion on this topic who is not a regular reader, please encourage them to send something in to me.
Thanks in advance.
Till then, here’s a musical appetizer…
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