Food and Writing

My friend & I cook together.  We make a lot of Indian dishes, which made me think about my novel & the use of food in it.  Of course, there’s the most obvious connection, that of the “Morning Glory Cafe”, which is a common meeting place for all of the characters.  But I also began to think about many of the other food in my book & was truly amazed at how often I used it.  There are several BBQ scenes for Fourth of July celebrations, which serve the traditional ideas & values of women nurturing men with food.  There is a scene where food is used to delight & seduce others, such as an African meal that is served alongside hashish & wine.  There’s another dinner where food is used to impress some while alienating another.  And there is still another meal that is used as a juxtaposition to religious ideas (touting the glories of Christianity in a vegetarian Thai restaurant, which would be consistent with Hinduism).  Food does so much more than quell our hunger & I am glad that I included so many references to it in my novel.


My Top 20 Books

On the heels of my last blog, My Top 20 Movies, I thought I’d do books. There are definitely not in any specific order. Here they are:

  • Stoned Apocalypse- Marco Vassi
  • The Rebels-Daniel Lyon
  • Women-Charles Bukowski
  • Ham on Rye-Charles Bukowski
  • The Source-Isis Aquarius
  • Summer of Love-Joel Selvin
  • Life-Keith Richards
  • Riding on the Edge-John Hall
  • Just Kids-Patti Smith
  • Matterhorn-Karl Marlantes
  • Achilles in Vietnam-Jonathan Shay
  • Light Years-James Salter
  • A Dangerous Friend-Ward Just
  • Skins-Adrian Louis
  • Desperate Characters-Paula Fox
  • This is Where I Leave You-Jonathan Tropper
  • Tropic of Cancer-Henry Miller
  • The Sheltering Sky-Paul Bowles
  • Crossing to Safety-Wallace Stegner
  • Elective Affinities-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My Top 20 Movies

Following is a list of my Top 20 Movies.  They are not in any specific order, but the top 3 are definitely my favorites!

  • The Deer Hunter
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Performance
  • Don’t Look Now
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • The Piano
  • The Conversation
  • Easy Rider
  • Carnal Knowledge
  • Deliverance
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Devil’s Rejects
  • Return of the Secaucus Seven
  • Sunset Blvd
  • The Godfather I & II
  • Rosemary’s Baby
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Valhalla Rising
  • Grey Gardens
  • Faces

Hello world!

Welcome to my WordPress blog page!!  I will attempt to post interesting pictures, links, info, etc here, but the purpose of this blog is to promote my novel, “Red, White & Blues”, a story that takes place in California between the years 1964-1977.  With sex, drugs, bikers, the Vietnam War & rock ‘n’ roll, it’s sure to interest basically everyone!!