Deloy Oberlin didn’t know how much time his wife had left, but he knew he wanted to spend their final days together fulfilling her last wish.
If the information Alice Collins Plebuch was seeing on her computer screen was correct, it posed a fundamental mystery about her very identity. It meant one of her parents wasn’t who he or she was supposed to be — and, by extension, neither was she. We are only just beginning to grapple with what it means to cheaply and easily uncover our genetic heritage.
The brands may be small-scale and homespun, but artisanal beauty is fast becoming a big business, with more and more dedicated websites and retail outlets cropping up.
“I did a visually great piece where a woman was in a cage, and she came out and drank milk out of a bowl like a cat. I thought it was hot, so if it turns me on, I’m all about that. Is that an abrogation of feminist thinking if a woman is turned on by putting herself in a submissive situation?”
Butter’s story is a very American story, because the arc of its vilification and subsequent redemption is a parable for how we get food wrong time and again. We alternately demonize and idealize individual ingredients — not just butter but also sugar, caffeine, red wine and supposed miracle foods featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” — and in doing so, we miss the big picture.
But the mechanical robot is impervious to the rats and the stink of the Gowanus Canal, a mechanical scientist willing to swim where few humans would dare.