Fun with the Bird
It’s that most Turkey-filled time of the year.
It should be obvious to anyone who’s listen to this podcast that books have an effect on me. I’m very sensitive to words — and more importantly. To the spaces between words. You see there are thousands of syntatic and lexical choices that I could made with just this sentence. And I believe that the choices a writer makes, and by extension, the choices they don’t make, grants one a window into their inner workings as a person.
This makes writing a very personal and revealing act. But it also makes reading a source of much more than information.
you see charles darwin is extremely dead. So I can’t ask him questions. But the way he thought is preserved in what and how he wrote. Something of the utterly unique way Whitman approached live is locked into his lines. And Emerson, whoo, at times Emerson must have been taking dictation from the mind God. Or notating the music of the sphere’s if that sits better new age -ed contingent out there.
And, since Thanksgiving is upon us. I’d like to share some well-written words about food. I like cooking. I generally like making stuff. And cooking is a subset therof.
I’m the one who cooks Thanksgiving dinner for the family. And during the rest of the year, my mom and sister regularly call me for cooking advice. I’ve always enjoyed cooking. But what really set me off with cooking was Mark Bittman’s magnificently and accurately titled How to Cook Everything.
Whitman said, “I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil.”
In a similar fashion I had been simmering, sauteing even flambeing, but Mark Bittman got me to do it more often, with better result and with much more gusto.
And my hope is that these words from the introduction to his best-selling cookbook will inspire you on what is really our only food-focused holiday. Inspire you to cook if you do not. And to enjoy it more if you do.
Happy Thanksgiving, have fun with the bird.