Watcha doin?

Photo Credit: New York Times

If you’ve got nothing but spare time this weekend you might want to read a few (entirely optional but wholly interesting) things that came across my desk today and yeah, I do read and write on Saturdays too.

If you’re in the “Writing About Food” class, check out this editorial in the New York Times.  It begins:

FOOD can be depressing. If it’s tasty, it’s carcinogenic. If it’s cheap, animals were tortured.

But this, miraculously, is a happy column about food! It’s about a farmer who names all his 230 milk cows, along with his 200 heifers and calves, and loves them like children.

You can read the entire, “Where Cows Are Happy and Food is Healthy” by Nicholas Kristof  here.

Don’t worry “Intro to Creative Writing” students, I’ve got something for you too. Actually, it’s also about food, so if you’re in the “Writing About Food” class you might keep reading.

Photo Credit: The Awl

The Awl, a frequently hilarious and always interesting on-line roundup of news, politics, and culture bits organized around the motto, “Be Less Stupid,”  posted a list titled, “Writer Food From A To Z.”  It’s an alphabetic catalog about writers and what they dor or don’t, did, or didn’t eat.

For example:

F is for FRITOS

Food can serve as creative incentive for the writer. Years ago Neil Simon mentioned a habit of rewarding himself for completing a difficult scene with a bag of Fritos. (He also pays homage to the chip in his plays, such as when it pops up as an important plot element in The Sunshine Boys.)

You can read all of “Writer Food From A To Z” by Jane Hu here.

How do you reward yourself after a good day’s writing work?  I hope you get a chance to find out this weekend.

About Catherine Keefe

Catherine Keefe is the founding and managing editor of *dirtcakes* a journal of poetry, creative nonfiction, art and photography. Her creative nonfiction essays, interviews and book reviews have appeared nationally. She teaches undergraduates how to Write About Literature, or Write Creative Nonfiction, or Compose Self at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
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