Work-In-Progress Excerpt

March 14, 2015
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This is the piece I’ll be working on during Disquiet International under the tutelage of my friend and literary hero Alexander Chee. I recently started drafting the second segment of the novel, and thought I’d share a bit of it with you. WINTER She fills the scratches in the bark with dulled fingertips, her face taken away […]

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Osso Buco Stew

January 27, 2015
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This morning I thought I was going to move to London in about 48 hours. By noon I knew I’d have to wait another three weeks because we messed up and one of our cats doesn’t yet meet the EU pet import requirements. It’s costly and inconveniences everybody. Tonight I made osso buco stew to […]

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Book Review: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 17, 2015
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ishiguro writes literary fiction layered heavily over a solid sci-fi plot that shines through only faintly–which is why he’s such a literary darling, and one of my favourite authors. “Never Let Me Go” captured my childhood exactly: I went to a British […]

Review: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

May 22, 2014
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright My rating: 4 of 5 stars The most valuable thing about this book is the care with which it was sourced: the Church of Scientology has no grounds upon which to base a lawsuit against the author or publisher. Given the litigious leanings […]

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Vanilla Custard with Strawberries, Lemon & Lavender

November 27, 2013
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Ingredients – 2 servings Adjust sugar to taste. I cooked this without measuring anything. 4 egg yolks 1 cup whole milk 1/2 vanilla bean juice of 2 lemons dried lavender flowers 1/4 & 1/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, sliced Mix 1/4 cup sugar, lavender, and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013
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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]

Lamb and Lentil Vegetable Stew

September 11, 2013
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My friend has been on the cabbage soup diet for a while. I liked the idea of homemade vegetable stew, but am not keen on very low calorie diets, so I made this up. The particular vegetables are what I used, but this is one of those recipes where you add what you have in […]

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Chicken With Vegetables and Wild Rice

July 30, 2013
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  Ingredients 5 chicken drumsticks olive oil coarse salt fresh oregano 3 leeks 5 small or 3 large carrots 2 cloves garlic 5 dried porcini mushrooms large handful french beans, cleaned and trimmed 3 tbsp butter black pepper 1 package mixed wild/brown rice 1/4 cup white cooking wine 3/4 cup mixed mild cheese (any mixture […]

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The Artist’s Mother as a Young Woman

May 12, 2013
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Happy Mothers’ Day (plural for all mothers) to the best friend I’ve ever had.

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Quick Note About Identity

May 5, 2013
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‘Sup. I’ve called myself straight my entire life, and I wasn’t lying. I’ve had girl-crushes on girls (a total of two so far, one in secondary school and one in college) – by girl-crushes I mean the kind of worshipping admiration that little girls feel for older girls. It wasn’t sexual, which I know because […]

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