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Stefan Beck is a freelance writer and editor living in Connecticut. His reviews and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Barnes & Noble Review, the New York Sun, and elsewhere.

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Hudson Valley Pop-Up: When 5&10 Comes to Town

Posted August 12, 2011 | 17:35:50 (EST)

There are plenty of good reasons to quit the city for a small town. Some folks prefer the rural tranquility. Others want to raise their kids around character-building natural hazards, like prickers, poison ivy, and the blinding sap of the Giant Hogweed. Gastronome and mixologist Max Watman moved...

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Must Be Jelly: Yeaworth's The Blob

Posted October 30, 2010 | 15:40:11 (EST)


As a woefully unproductive waste of soft tissue, I spend a great deal of my time--most of it, really--eating unhealthy foods and watching appalling movies on Instant View. Last October, in hopes of fostering the illusion of productivity while leaving my habits unchanged, I wrote up a series of dinner-and-a-horror-movie...

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Beaches: Bergman's The Seventh Seal & the Wellfleet Oyster Festival

Posted October 25, 2010 | 17:25:18 (EST)


As a woefully unproductive waste of soft tissue, I spend a great deal of my time--most of it, really--eating unhealthy foods and watching appalling movies on Instant View. Last October, in hopes of fostering the illusion of productivity while leaving my habits unchanged, I wrote up a series of dinner-and-a-horror-movie...

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Wrap Party: Freund's The Mummy and Baba Ghanoush

Posted October 16, 2010 | 12:56:59 (EST)

Is it safe to say that, after Suspiria and The Beyond, we could all use a breather? I, for one, have had my fill of sadistic, stomach-knotting violence for, oh, at least the next couple days. (Nothing puts a damper on one's culinary enthusiasm like watching a...

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The Murders in the Roux Morgue: Fulci's The Beyond & Creole Gumbo

Posted October 8, 2010 | 12:31:27 (EST)

Last week, to inaugurate my Halloween movie-and-food series, I presented Huffington Post readers with as unappetizing a combination as I could think of: Dario Argento's 1977 Suspiria and Beef Heart alla Soffritto. Today we return to the world of orrore Italiano--horror gory enough to make a Borgia wince--with...

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Heart & Soul: Dario Argento's Suspiria

Posted October 1, 2010 | 10:21:39 (EST)


As a woefully unproductive waste of soft tissue, I spend a great deal of my time--most of it, really--eating unhealthy foods and watching appalling movies on Instant View. Last October, in hopes of fostering the illusion of productivity while leaving my habits unchanged, I wrote up a series of dinner-and-a-horror-movie...

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The Grog Days of Summer (PHOTOS)

Posted September 1, 2010 | 18:35:38 (EST)

We are well and truly living in the Last Days.

True, I tend to start complaining about summer's imminent demise about a week after the Fourth of July. I'm an hourglass-half-empty type, and without a solid two months of summer fun stretching out before me, all I can think about...

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Meatopia: Meat-Up on Governors Island (PHOTOS)

Posted July 28, 2010 | 16:10:49 (EST)


As of this writing, Google returns about 21,700 hits for "bacon-flavored condom." How do I happen to know this? I just thought of the stupidest possible use for bacon, and then dared the Internet to come up empty-handed. My suspicion about the long-lived and very tiresome bacon craze is that...

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What Deaner Was Talkin' About: Sausage King, R.I.P.

Posted July 8, 2010 | 15:54:15 (EST)


Jimmy Dean, who died last month aged 81, may be out of the news cycle, but he's lodged in the lining of my heart as firmly as a small piece of Polish sausage. You see, thanks to a strange concatenation of events, Mr. Dean recently (sort...

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Excrabaganza: A Crab Quest on the Atlantic Coast

Posted May 30, 2010 | 07:17:57 (EST)



People collect all sorts of crap: matchbooks, stamps, campaign buttons, shot glasses, G.I. Joes, telegraph line insulators, taxidermy, Hummels, Klingon weaponry, even gently used underwear. I collect U.S. states. I've dreamed of having my own road show; it'd be called "Food Gas Longing," and I'd sign off every...

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The Most Disappointing Game: A Muskrat Ramble in Smyrna, Delaware (PHOTOS)

Posted April 26, 2010 | 10:35:51 (EST)

Some time ago, a friend of mine chewed my ear off about an "Australian delicacy" introduced to her by an Oz-born colleague. (The friend in question lives in Brooklyn and, like many Brooklyners, seeks out culinary oddities with the fervor once reserved for philately or numismatics.) You prepare potatoes, carrots,...

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A Sober Conversation with Max Watman, Author of Chasing the White Dog, on the Rise of White Whiskey (PHOTOS)

Posted April 15, 2010 | 15:25:13 (EST)

I drank my first moonshine by moonlight, squatting in a culvert behind an elastika, or tire repair shop, on the Bay of Euboea in Greece. I was surrounded by garbage, and enormous fish skeletons kept darting past my head, thrown away by the guests of the party I'd just wandered...

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