June 13, 2005
In "Ode to an Egg", Wildgen seems to focus mostly on the strength and beauty of an egg. By using quotes from famous authors and describing every aspect of an egg, she seemed to be trying to give the egg power. She thinks the egg is strong and beautiful in its own way, and unlike anything else. In "Let's be Frank", Loh mainly focused on brand names, and convenience of certain foods such as the Lay potato chips, origional flavor, and the different types of hot dogs. She used humor to discuss how food was supposed to be fun and if it wasn't fattening, it wasn't good enough. In "Something from the Oven", Shapiro seemed to prize time and energy put in to food, talking about cake mixes and which one was better: a mix or making it by scratch.
My outlook on these foods did change a little bit because of how they were written. Now I think more about eggs, and what they bring to us. Also, I think about Loh and her fatty foods, being that I don't necessarily think being overweight but happy because you are eating whatever you want is the best idea for your health. And finally, I think more about cakes, and it almost makes me feel stupid because the companies had to take the dried eggs out just to have people buy their mixes again because they wanted to feel like they are making something, when in reality, putting eggs in is just like putting water in.
Posted by grif0214 at June 13, 2005 8:34 PM
That mixture of strength and fragility when dealing with an egg is really interesting. It is true that she tries to empower it--showing how it resists easy definition or use. But yet when it does "open up" it can add a real beauty.
I didn't being called a weasel by her, though.
Posted by: Jerry at June 14, 2005 11:49 AM