10/30/14 2:03pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Graffiti near the Spitalfields Market, London

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Graffiti near the Spitalfields Market, London

When I think of England, I think of plum pudding. Eccentric, homely, sweet, soaked in booze; my mother made one every year. She learned to make plum pudding during a trip to London in 1955 and kept up the practice in spite of some family skepticism. Was it too alcoholic for children? What were those unidentifiable objects in the cake? (more…)

10/24/14 2:00pm
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

In March 1968, a prize-winning novelist and freelance journalist named Jeremy Larner signed on as a principal speechwriter for Senator Eugene McCarthy’s insurgent campaign against the reigning president, Lyndon B. Johnson. (more…)