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Roxane Gay is the best

Roxane Gay is a smart and funny writer who is clear and engaging. She writes like she is in a terrific, sprawling conversation with a beloved friend. Her Tumblr is a treasure map of her curiosity. She explores ideas from a uniquely nuanced perspective and new intellectual ground is uncovered. I have spent late nights reading page after page of her critiques and observations, invigorated by her wit and wisdom.

Visit roxanegay.tumblr.com

Roxane Gay’s first novel, An Untamed State is getting rave reviews all over the place. This is what some of the critics have to say:

http://time.com/90402/roxane-gay-an-untamed-state-review/

http://www.bookforum.com/review/13194

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/roxane-gay/an-untamed-state/

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The reader must be a discerning explorer.

Frank Zappa famously said, “so many books, so little time.” Perhaps with that sentiment in mind, For Harriet has published a list of the ‘7 black women science fiction writers everyone should know.’

I am now coining the phrase, “so many cookies, so little time.” One day it shall be famous or simply a well loved saying, a kindly reminder to enjoy more cookies.

http://www.forharriet.com/2014/08/7-black-women-science-fiction-writers.html?m=1

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"My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of “experiences.” I’m made of them. But every summer I hope to take a book to a beach and pretend that it’s only an occasional thing, a seasonal indulgence, which will be put down come September, as I return, like any civilian, to real life."

— Zadie Smith (via timeandcircumstance)

(Source: oprah.com, via timeandcircumstance)

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The Best Dressed in Literature 2014

Donna Tartt had been named to the Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List 2014. Before she made the list, Ms. Tartt and some of her fellow stylish prose stylists were featured in Vanity Fair’s best dressed authors list.

The Ladies
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/01/best-dressed-authors-women


The Gents
http://www.vanityfair.com/style/2014/01/best-dressed-authors-men

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The chocolate shortbread problem.

I  am working on some cookie experiments. The speculoos inspired sugar cookies are delicious. They are buttery and aromatic; perfect for nibbling with a cup of tea in the fall. The chocolate shortbread did not inspire ideas for ideal consumption. They were dry and lacked any nuance. The junior bookworms ate a few, but they were not impressed. My challenge is to create a chocolaty, buttery, crisp cookie with the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. Shortbread is the simplest cookie recipe- butter, sugar, flour and salt. There are hundreds of variations, but those four ingredients are the cornerstone of what defines shortbread. The cookie can be sweet or savory, crunchy or slightly tender.  Shortbread can be just about anything the baker wants it to be. Attica Locke’s mystery “Black Water Rising” is keeping me company while I work out the kinks with this evolving chocolate shortbread recipe.

The chocolate shortbread problem.

I am working on some cookie experiments. The speculoos inspired sugar cookies are delicious. They are buttery and aromatic; perfect for nibbling with a cup of tea in the fall. The chocolate shortbread did not inspire ideas for ideal consumption. They were dry and lacked any nuance. The junior bookworms ate a few, but they were not impressed. My challenge is to create a chocolaty, buttery, crisp cookie with the right amount of sweetness and saltiness. Shortbread is the simplest cookie recipe- butter, sugar, flour and salt. There are hundreds of variations, but those four ingredients are the cornerstone of what defines shortbread. The cookie can be sweet or savory, crunchy or slightly tender. Shortbread can be just about anything the baker wants it to be. Attica Locke’s mystery “Black Water Rising” is keeping me company while I work out the kinks with this evolving chocolate shortbread recipe.

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Happy Birthday, Mr. Ellison.

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Before starting to bake last night, I began reading “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. I’m looking forward to some downtime to really dig into this novel. In the meantime, there is shortbread waiting to be nibbled.

http://www.tayarijones.com/

Before starting to bake last night, I began reading “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. I’m looking forward to some downtime to really dig into this novel. In the meantime, there is shortbread waiting to be nibbled.

http://www.tayarijones.com/

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What a fantastic conversation. There is so much to learn about Ms. Morrison. Her influence on the literary landscape began with her work as an editor of canonical works. Junot Diaz is clearly smitten and in awe.

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The 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes finalists have been announced.

http://www.latimes.com/books/jacketcopy/la-et-jc-announcing-the-la-times-book-prize-finalists-for-2013-20140219,0,6943176.story

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Looking for vegan treats? Try these delicious muffins at People’s Food Co-op:  chocolate five-spice and gluten-free apple, banana and carrot.

People’s Food Co-op
3029 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Looking for vegan treats? Try these delicious muffins at People’s Food Co-op: chocolate five-spice and gluten-free apple, banana and carrot.

People’s Food Co-op
3029 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97202