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Lena Dunham-Radical Un-Chic

August 30th, 2014 — 12:42pm

I read the fashion commentary on Lena Dunham’s dress at the Emmy Awards. Awful! horrible! What was she thinking?

66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - Arrivals

I think most everyone got it wrong. I think she knew exactly what she was doing.

In the world of Hollywood, Dunham is zaftig — no, fat actually. If she were well behaved, she would wear serious spanx and serious minimalist clothes. She would get in line, feel bad about her body, hide it under chic clothes.

Well, Dunham didn’t drink the Kool-Aid. She not only wears her curves proudly, she flaunts them in a completely thoughtful unflattering way. I mean, it’s possible even Zoe Saldana couldn’t wear that dress well! But Dunham, in the tradition of Bjork at the Academy Awards dressed like a swan, holds the mirror up to our own prejudices and enjoys it.

She’s not uncomfortable. We are. Isn’t that what art is about?

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Simplicity Clarified

June 21st, 2014 — 8:14pm

“I see simplicity not so much as a disregard for complexity, but as a clarification of the significant.” — Glenn Murcutt, architect

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Newest Review on Amazon

March 16th, 2014 — 10:19am

I was grateful to get this recent review of Ravenous:

5.0 out of 5 stars Raves for Ravenous!, March 10, 2014

This review is from: Ravenous: A Food Lover’s Journey from Obsession to Freedom (Paperback)
Dayna Macy’s Ravenous is an extraordinary book about food. She takes the reader through a journey of the most negative meanings of food to elevate food to it’s most socially conscious, nurturing, and planet caring heights. As she does, she enables one to follow her own healing path and then gives that gift of transcendence to those fortunate enough to read her book.

Her writing is absoutely the finest and makes her work of great value on multiple levels.

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NY Times on Scott

March 14th, 2014 — 8:46am

Nice piece by Andy Revkin in the New York Times about my husband, Scott, leaving Grist.

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Nourish Network

March 12th, 2014 — 1:20pm

Grateful to my friend, Alison Ashton, for re-running this interview with me on the Nourish Network.

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Farming in Rockland County

March 3rd, 2014 — 2:43pm

When I grew up in Rockland County in the 60s, most of the farmland was already gone. As I wrote about in my memoir, Ravenous, There were vestiges of farms but they were farming as entertainment (think scarecrows and pumpkins around Halloween).

Which is why I’m amazed and thrilled that there is a renaissance of farming in Rockland County again. Whether it’s the opening of Rockland’s first CSA, or a Farm to Table tour, or spending a day farming at Cropsey Farm, the first new farm to open in Rockland County in many decades.

My only knowledge of vegetables came from a can, and I ate mostly processed foods. Today, kids living in Rockland can actually eat fresh chard or leeks or carrots or apples grown right in their backyard. That’s soul food. And it makes me think there really is such a thing as progress.

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My Husband, the Technology Seer

February 28th, 2014 — 11:16am

The first piece about Google in the mainstream press was by my husband, Scott. Here’s a piece in the Business Insider about it. After 24 years, he still amazes me.

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February 2nd, 2014 — 4:05pm

I woke up this morning to the sound of rain. It’s so dry here in Northern California where I live. The worst drought, I’ve heard, in 500 years.

The sound of rain is so rare, I was at first confused. I wasn’t sure what I was hearing. I opened up one groggy eye, looked out my window and saw raindrops dancing down my window.

I am so grateful. And underneath my gratitude is panic. It’s bone dry here. Water levels are at their lowest in decades. What we need is so basic — fresh air, clean water. We can despoil our planet only so much, and then it fights back. And when it does, it shows us just how small and needy we really are.

The world is changing. It’s being replaced daily by a planet that will become unrecognizable. I’m afraid for my children, their children, and future generations. I’m afraid for our generation.

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The Habit of Habits

July 2nd, 2013 — 1:00pm

In Ravenous, I wrote about trying to disentangle myself from various food habits — too much sausage, too many sweets. Two and a half years have passed since it was published, and I find myself still wrestling — this time, not so much with the sausage or chocolate, but with my habit of holding on to them.

The other day, when I tasted a bite of salami, I didn’t like it. It tasted dead. It had no appeal. So I didn’t eat it. Victory, right? But, as I put the salami down, I noticed a residue of sadness, which surprised me. I realized that I’ve become so used to the struggle, that I didn’t know exactly who I was without having a fight to fight. And that’s what I mean by “the habit of habits.”

If we are not defined by our struggles, then who are we, really? And what do we do with all that blessed freedom?

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“Carbon Dioxide Level Is at Its Highest in Human History”

May 10th, 2013 — 5:25pm

This is the headline in today’s New York Time. The piece, by Justin Gills, reports that CO2 levels “has passed a long-feared milestone,” of 400 parts per million, and contains quotes from scientist like “It symbolizes that so far we have failed miserably in tackling this problem,” and “It feels like the inevitable march toward disaster.”

We are marching towards disaster, but what really breaks my heart is that because of politics, it seems inevitable.

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