Like little stars.
My oncologist says that whoever came up with the phrase “the gift of cancer” has the worst taste in gifts she’s ever heard of. But though it’s not exactly a set of car keys under the seat, cancer has, for the past year and a half, been the gift I’ve been given. And from an initial malignant diagnosis of melanoma through surgery through a Stage 4 rediagnosis through a last-ditch, Phase 1 clinical trial to a recovery that has stunned the research community, I’ve shared this adventure with the readers of Salon. And along the way, you’ve given so much in return. You’ve told me your own experiences with illness, with the healthcare system, with grief and frustration, and with the ways a shattering experience — either your own or that of someone you love — can turn life around. Sometimes even for the better. So it was a unique privilege to get to talk to a few of you recently for a Salon webcast, and answer your questions on life here in Cancer Town. For those of you who couldn’t make it live, videos of the full webcast are posted below.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.