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This week’s featured syllabus is How to Eat Alone by
Elissa Suh.


Guided by associative logic, Elissa’s syllabus is a collage of cinematic representations of women eating. The images have enormous emotional range; they signify humor, solitude, peacefulness, pleasure, violence, yearning, and more. All of them seem to capture their subjects in moments of deep vulnerability. In the movies, food is an excellent way of commenting on characters’ wants and needs — and considering the ways that women’s wants and needs have been habitually policed, it’s all the more fascinating to meditate on these scenes and consider how we receive them.