This piece appears at The Weeklings. The publish a wide variety of fun essays — if you’re both an overanxious parent and the sort of person who enjoyed Jeffrey Steingarten’s essay on cooking for his dog, you’ll love this one by Eric LeMay. Starting from the idea that babies, through amniotic fluid, can taste the flavors of their mothers’ food, LeMay explores the extent to which he can enter the world of his unborn child.
My piece is rather less cheerful. It uses a brief review of Aleksander Hemon’s The Making of Zombie Wars as launching pad for a riff on the Haitian mythology of zombie-making. If you’re curious and have five minutes to spare, you can hear Zora Neale Hurston discussing zombies here. Or read my essay, I suppose.