Essay in "Hunger and Thirst: Food Literature," edited by Nancy Cary.
Food as memory. "Simplification and denial of food was...my mother's own version of courage... Eggs-a-la-Goldenrod were much more than a social hypocrisy. They were a refined person's article of faith that civilization was better than barbarism, that courteous discretion trumped rage."
Nine years before Tolkien's death, an 18-year-old college student writes to him and offers to sing him the poetry from his books that she has set to music. The letters he sends haunt her for the next 40 years. Published in The Antioch Review (Winter 2015), this memoir piece is a meditation on journeys and longing.