Essays

An Ode to Writing in Three Parts: Seducing the Creative Muse

An Ode to Writing in Three Parts: Seducing the Creative Muse

This week, I was asked to compose an essay detailing some aspect of my writing process. To which, I immediately said, “Forsooth, good fellow, why wouldst I? What have I to offer in this regard?”  OK, I didn’t actually say that. I kept the Shakespearean melodrama to myself and said, “I’m not...

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Compression Compulsion And The Death Of The Long, Slow Read

Compression Compulsion And The Death Of The Long, Slow Read

Once upon a time, a group of professional and amateur chefs took a stand for ‘slow cooking.’ The slow cooking movement was born of a belief that cooking is an art and a cultural treasure that should be conducted slowly and carefully, in the context of love and community. For its proponents, real...

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Weaving Webs & Breaking Chains

Weaving Webs & Breaking Chains

I’m in the midst of a weeks-long dance with intruders. On a daily basis, spiders parachute down to my penthouse balcony and weave their intricate webs along the railing. Unwilling to kill them, I greet them every morning, destroy their delicate homes and pray that today will be different – that...

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