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What's going on for week of 2/5/2017

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Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State[1], is a fascinating ethnography.
 He's a great writer. 
Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors[2]​ and Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food[3]​ in the United States are both excellent.
But, they suffer from the fact that these sorts of works always tie back in to a Western reference frame.
What I would genuinely be interested in is a book about the impact of Chinese cuisine in India (i.e., there was a vibrant Chinatown in Calcutta in the past).
Those who have followed my work and blog for many years know that I have long had a black feline companion.
Last week he died after 14.5 years.
I won't say much about it right now, it's too soon.
But, I want to note that he was diagnosed with feline lymphoma 8 months ago and given 4 weeks to live without a relatively extreme treatment regime, which would only offer up the possibility of an extra year of life at best.
We decided not to put him through the misery of all the medications...and he lived another 8 months! On his last day he even went for a walk.
Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World[4] was not persuasive to me.
But it was a fascinating work nonetheless.
The content on the site is going to be what you've come to expect...broadly.
But suggestions for directions in terms of presentation, etc., and interaction are welcome.
I'll be at SxSW.