"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
There’s a $4 billion market for gluten-free foods, and today the Food and Drug Administration set standards for who’s allowed in on the action. From now on, food can only be advertised as “gluten-free” if it contains fewer than 20 parts per million of the wheat substance.
As with “organic” labels, food marketers calling their products gluten-free might not be delivering everything that’s promised or implied by the term; but while the former is mostly a matter of semantics, the latter has real health implications for the estimated 3 million Americans with celiac disease. Dr. Alessio Fasano, the director of the Center for Celiac Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told the New York Times, “A gluten-free diet for people with celiac disease is like insulin for diabetics.”
The announcement has been a long time coming: Congress first passed a law calling on the FDA to set a gluten standard back in 2004. Of note, official standards have yet to be set for who can call themselves gluten-free.
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)