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Favorite Snacks of the Great Writers

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Espresso, oysters, pistachios, hunger.  I think I’ve tried all of these snacks before writing and have found that pistachios are definitely my favorite to munch on.  Hunger and espresso are a close second for that Parisian-author-chic feel.  Oysters are too celebratory for me. 

Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat, while Gustave Flaubert started off with what passed for a light breakfast in his day: eggs, vegetables, cheese or fruit, and a cup of cold chocolate. The novelist Vendela Vida told me she swears by pistachios, and Mark Kurlansky, the author of “Salt” and “Cod,” likes to write under the influence of espresso, “as black as possible.” For some writers, less is more. Lord Byron, a pioneer in fad diets as well as poetry, sipped vinegar to keep his weight down. Julia Scheeres, the author of the memoir “Jesus Land,” aims for more temporary deprivation. “When in the thick of writing I minimize food intake as much as possible,” she told me. “I find I work better when I’m a little starved.”

Source: NYTimes


Written by doorr

August 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Books, Humor, New York Times

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