Mary Karr

Mary Karr on The Art of Memoir

The Splendid Table asked our very own David to interview Mary Karr, famous memoir writer, about the notion of sacred carnality.

Baseball Glove

My Problem With Balls

David recounts his doomed career in Little League baseball—and it has everything to do with no concession stands in the outfield.

Luca and World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day

Luca, David’s youngest staffer, heralds World Elephant Day with a lemonade stand, a batch of brownies, and the sweetest intentions.

Morning Harvest

Morning Harvest

David brags about his latest harvest and expresses dismay at blight and Japanese beetles and creepers and other garden horrors.

Summer Squash

Ode to Summer Squash

David’s not a poet and he knows it. Still, he was inspired to try his hand at poetry when he harvested his first vegetables.

Papa Leite

The Garden of Him

David explains why, after 40 years, he’s finally decided to follow in his father’s muddy footsteps.

Shredded Envelopes

See What Happens When You Avoid Writing?

What do you get when you mix a writer, a padded envelope, a Vitamix, and a very long and unproductive afternoon?

Jim Lahey's Bread

Yeast Are Never Depressed

Depressed, David turns to bread making and finds that dough holds no grudges, turning out lovely even after the worst of manglings.

Lace Maker

Embroidery Maker in Madeira

David tells the story of these charming Portuguese artisans who design and replicate beautiful patterns in a nearly lost art.

Ilda Vinagre

The Mistress of Portugal’s Alentejo

David meets Portuguese chef Ilda Vinagre, the Michelin-starred mastermind behind A Bolota who is as talented as she is humble.


How Not to Talk to a Fat Person

This tactful treatise is David Leite’s attempt to school the rest of us on the right way to communicate with a fat person.

Write a Memoir

Why Everyone Should Write a Memoir

David explains how you–yes, you—can come to understand the breadth, importance, and uniqueness of your life.

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