Tag Archive for Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks

When you ask people what they are thankful for, they tend to be specific. When you ask them what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving Day at Valois on 53rd Street, they tend to be prolific. It was around 4pm…

Second Helpings

In the first several pages of Thomas Pynchon’s novel “Gravity’s Rainbow,” we find a description of one Geoffrey “Pirate” Prentice, who is famous for his “banana breakfasts.” Banana fritters, frappes, waffles, pancakes, flambés: none of these treats escape Pirate’s banana-obsessed…

Mennonite Thanksgiving

All I knew of my boyfriend’s Mennonite relatives was that they liked baking bland bread and sending it to him. That is, before I spent Thanksgiving with them at their home in the suburbs of a town in Iowa.