How to Make Fries at Home

A few years ago, I wanted to make fries at home, but didn’t feel like same-old baked potato wedges (nor did I want to deep fry them). So I did my research, and discovered this trick: boiling the potatoes in salted water before baking them ensures that the insides stay moist and tender, while the outside crisps… Read More

On Being Sure

At some point in my early years, I came to the conclusion that adulthood would be the antithesis of childhood. That as an adult, feeding my small children in a pretty light blue smock and happily cleaning up their messes, I would not only know everything, but I would be sure of everything. I would… Read More

Oh, The Truth

“The price an artist pays for doing what he wants is that he has to do it.” — William S. Burroughs So true, so painfully true in its unadorned simplicity, it actually made me chuckle. No one has ever held a gun to my head and forced me to write. I hold the gun every… Read More

Trust Your Guts Ring

I was browsing Pinterest the other week when I stumbled on this ring. What I love most is that it says “guts” instead of “gut,” which does something subtle and great to the (often hackneyed) saying. It grounds it in reality, and I picture literal guts spilling out over the edges, filled with fries and day old bread.… Read More

A Trick for Avoiding Small Talk

There’s a certain kind of small talk that I find insufferable. It’s the stuck-in-a-conversational-rut small talk, driven by one twitchy person deathly afraid of silence, and it goes round and round and round (this is not to be confused with the pleasant small talk that happens with a chatty taxi driver, or a charming employee, which can… Read More