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Adventures in Writing, Reading & Book Culture

Blueberry Crunch Cake

“Leave it. Yeah. See? Two eyes, a mouth. And … upper left, the snout of an elephant. Then, middle left, a man’s face in profile, he’s frowning with that long face. Down along the bottom, a mean stretched out, with a baby sitting on his chest. Take it all in as one piece, and it’s a map, land-of-lakes.”

Food is always a good Rorschach test. It describes the world around you; sometimes it describes you.

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Chicken’n’jalapeno-filled Bread Knee

“Just fill it.”
“Fill it up?”
“Yeah, all the way.”
“You want it all…”
“All, yes… all. Keep filling. Don’t forget the— Ouch!”
“Fingers away from the cheese grater.”
“When’s it gonna be ready?”
“Just as soon as you stop bleating.”
“I’m not bleeding.”
“No. That much you’re right about.”

When writing dialogue, let the surprise use of language carry you toward some climax. Be aware of double entendre, innuendo, euphemism, puns & wordplay, and the misconstrued passage that can make all the difference to a scene.

 

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Green-curry Chicken w/Jalapeno Peppers

“Hot. Hot!!”
“Do you … like it spicy?”
“Did you hear me? I said HOT.”
“Okay, okay. People are starting to stare.”
“HOT HOT HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

 

Blueberry Cake, in the pan

“Read it like a Rorschach test.” “I see islands; there’s a pistol; a man is frowning, he’s got a big nose; an elephant is looking at me, with its trunk rising up; a swan is lifting off in flight.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

The Nut Vendors

“Can you give me three pounds of the cashews?” “Sure-but … how much is a ‘pound’? You’re in London, my friend.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Grapes at the Harvest

“White or red?” “Hmm … are we talking about wine?” … What are the colors of your fictional world? You need to describe for your readers the autumn leaf, the dew-spittle grape, the sky in the background.

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Roast Loin of Pork w/Boiled Potatoes

“When you get to the theater tonight, don’t dawdle.” “I have my orders.” “What are your orders.” “Go down to the bar and wait. Take a drink. Listen to the singer.” “What about dinner?” “I’ll eat before I go. I like to have my hands free. You know, just in case.” “What about the drink?” “I order the drink, I don’t touch it.” “Why not?” “Alcohol effects my aim.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Cheeseburger w/Fix’ns

“Aren’t you a heart patient?” “Yeah … wait, can you pass the jalapenos? … what of it?” “Nev- … never mind. Eat up. Do you want a beer?”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

Bananas w/Raisin Eyes (and some unidentified bed: cheese? butter?)

“The delicacies of my sweet-tooth are what make me … me.” “Umm … okay.” “That’s all?” “So … I have ‘delicacies,’ too.” “Ahh … hmm … mmmm … oh, and?” “Finish your raisin thingies, first. Then I’ll to show you what I cook up on a Tuesday night.”

 

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

 

Coffee with milk, and jam-covered toast

“Manny needed his coffee in the morning like penitents needed prayer. Something sweet to eat on the side helped cut the edge of that bitter brown liquid that always reminded him, somehow, of sewer water pouring from a harbor culvert.”

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What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. Read an excerpt here. It’s available as an ebook, too.

The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark odyssey through village life, love’s fall, sexual politics, and that place where memory and modern love intersect. Read an excerpt here. This book is also available as an ebook.

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