29 march 2011

He showed the words "chocolate cake" to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. "Guilt" was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: "celebration."

Michael Pollan

I was in Savannah this past weekend for my only female cousin's first baby shower. If we still had any grandparents, it would be their first great-grandchild.


The drive back began with rain, bright claps of lightning, and hail crackling on my hood. It followed through with lush and dense clasps of grass and trees for the rest of the trip, and gave the drive a sense of newness, despite that I'd driven it dozens of times before.