Bowdoin’s Lee on How Balzac’s Fantasy Travelog Redefines Realism

Michelle Lee

Postdoctoral fellow Michell Lee explains how the nineteenth-century French author’s foray into fictional travel writing “showed the world how the scope of realism could be expanded beyond its traditional, European boundaries.” Read more in Bowdoin News.

The Mold Transforming Japanese Cuisine (Atlantic)

Koji is a fungus found in soy sauce, miso, and sake. The mold, known for its toxicity, was domesticated by humans about 9,000 years ago. Though its closest relatives can be deadly, koji is nontoxic.

Originally used for alcohol, the fungus has been implemented by Asian chefs for centuries. Read more in The Atlantic.

The Best-Selling Vehicle in Every State (Business Insider)

Business Insider turns to Kelley Blue Book to find the best-selling vehicle in every state. For 22 states, it was the Ford F-Series. Other popular vehicles included Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Toyota RAV, and Subaru Outback.

View the map in Business Insider.

Bohemians Unite: It’s All About the #Vanlife Social Media Movement (New Yorker)

ArtVanFoster Huntington, former Ralph Lauren designer, traded in his day job for a 1987 Volkswagen Syncro and a lifetime of adventures. Huntington has acquired millions of Instagram followers using his hashtag “vanlife,” crafting a bohemian lifestyle that has inspired a social media movement.

The hashtag embodies a revived American interest in road trips and hippie-culture, as well as a rejection of the typical workplace. It is also a successful marketing technique.  Read more in The New Yorker.