The Sword and the Sandwich

Talia Lavin
Covering far-right extremism, sandwiches, and everything in between.
Created 13 Sep 2021
  • There's No Such Thing as a Lone Wolf
    29 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 27 3
    Humans tell a lot of lies about wolves. Having lived for so long on the outskirts of civilization, only interacting with man in times of dire necessity, wolves are particularly susceptible to anthropo...
  • Notable Sandwiches Holiday Special: Frybread Riot
    26 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 12 0
    In lieu of pressing forward with the usual end-of-week culinary chronicle—and thus spending all week manically researching the hallowed barbecue sandwich, only to release it on the thoroughly autumnal...
  • Antivaxx Holocaust
    22 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 73 24
    The perennial chorus of the conspiracy theorist is this: Did you know? Did you know? DID YOU KNOW? Wake up! Did you know the covid-19 vaccine has a microchip in it? Did you know that it’s the Mark of ...
  • Notable Sandwiches #7: Bánh Mì
    19 Nov 2021 • 9 min read • 18 12
    The bánh mì—a notable sandwich if ever there was one—is a product of colonialism and its attendant violence. In America, the sandwich is also a product of war, displacement, exile, immigration and the...
  • White Supremacy on Trial
    15 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 22 3
    This week, the judges presiding over two high-profile trials were in the news at the same time, and for diametrically opposing reasons. In Kenosha, Wisconsin, Judge Bruce Schroeder, erratically and cr...
  • Notable Sandwich #6: Dear God, I Have to Write About a Bologna Salad Sandwich
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 20 2
    Welcome to the latest installment of Notable Sandwiches, the series in which I faithfully chronicle the bizarre and twisted document that is Wikipedia’s List of Notable Sandwiches, in alphabetical ord...
  • Ministry of Violence, Parts I—III
    08 Nov 2021 • 43 min read • 24 1
    This post contains all three parts of the “Ministry of Violence” series, published throughout October and November 2021, in one place. I hope you find it edifying and useful. This is the first of a th...
  • Ministry of Violence, Part III
    08 Nov 2021 • 12 min read • 40 14
    All across the dreary little swamp of evangelical parenting books I’ve waded through over the past month, one woman floats to the surface again and again. She’s not a Biblical matriarch, nor any of th...
  • Notable Sandwich # 5: Death, Lies, and Baked Beans
    05 Nov 2021 • 8 min read • 18 5
    Welcome to the fifth installment of Notable Sandwiches, the series in which I alphabetically work my way through Wikipedia’s sprawling, mammoth List of Sandwiches. I understand that readers may experi...
  • Ministry of Violence, Part II
    01 Nov 2021 • 15 min read • 48 20
    The response to the first installment of this series exceeded every expectation I had. Many readers felt moved to share painful aspects of their childhoods, for which I continue to feel enormous grati...
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