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Philosophy of Writing – 20 – Plotto

April 25, 2013 by


I am friends with a few people of the professional writerly persuasion (the sort of people I can’t be close friends with because I’m in awe of them a bit too much and sometimes I’m terrified of sucking-up even though I don’t think I’m sucking up — anyway, you didn’t start reading this to hear even […]

Comorbidity — More Uncomfortable Honesty

April 23, 2013 by


~~~written a few weeks ago, unfinished~~~ It seems like the anxiety disorder spectrum is a buffet, and when I get a spoonful of the orange chicken it always has pieces of fried rice in it. Yesterday, I stopped allowing myself to freely pick my lips. Normally: I lick them, to check how rough they are, […]

Forbidden Curry

April 22, 2013 by


I’ve named this “forbidden curry” because it uses black rice, which was apparently reserved for the Emperor in ancient China. It’s a fresh curry: no fermentation, no marinading — and it tastes like a garden in your mouth. This recipe is only limited by the speed of your rice cooker, prep included. I always find […]

Pot-Au-Feu, Sort Of

April 22, 2013 by


Ingredients 6 chicken drumsticks flour (gluten-free flour will work just as well, but please don’t use cornstarch) salt & pepper olive oil (to coat the pan) Spanish chorizo, cut into 1 cm (1/2 in.) pieces (if you live in the U.S., I recommend Olli Salumeria’s) 3 large shallots 2 cloves garlic or 3-4 cloves fermented […]

Philosophy of Writing – 19 – Drafting

April 10, 2013 by


I’m on lorazepam and I’m listening to Liz Phair. In a few hours I have an important phone call to make. I want to use that intermediate time to write. Drafting is a sumbitch. How to Draft Make the decision frequently enough to write some words on the same topic, one word after the other. ~~~~~ […]