Great News About Taste!
It’s hard to keep track of time these days. It amazes me to think that, barely a year ago, I began working on an interdisciplinary project called Taste: A Book of Small Parts. Divided into five sections–the sweet, the salty, the sour, the bitter, and the umami–Taste is comprised of dozens of tiny essays, each one a lyric meditation on our sense of taste. Working on the book, I often thought of it as a meal composed of tapas or mezze, brief flavors examined through close readings of poems, short stories, operas, works of art, religious texts, and philosophy.
I’m thrilled that Taste will be published by Columbia University Press in Spring 2022 as part of the No Limits series, which “brings together creative thinkers who delight in the pleasure of intellectual hunting, wherever the hunt may take them and whatever critical boundaries they have to trample as they go.” I can’t wait to hear what others think about the project. I hope the book gives readers as much pleasure in the reading as it gave me in the writing.