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Football, Black Friday and pumpkin pie: International students’ take on Thanksgiving

If you came to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner (or more like a really late lunch), you’d realize almost immediately how obviously stereotypical the food, people and conversation are. To begin with, everyone arrives at least half hour earlier than promised to “beat the traffic.” They enter the house without knocking, arms full of appetizers and…

Literary bites

When an author describes glistening plates of tender beef en daube or a beautifully arranged fruit bowl, we instinctively pay closer attention. References to food and other mundane needs are sparse in most texts. Since readers understand the act of eating, and texts can only hold oh-so-many words, why waste your words as an author…