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Advice Regarding Sushi.

I'm listening to the Drones' Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By, which is my favourite album title of the year, so far. The album is neat, too. A mash of influences from Tex Perkins, Nick Cave and the Badseeds, and even Chris Isaak, but they make it work in their dark, quirky way.

Want a piece of advice? Don't eat old sushi you find in your fridge.

12.


How To Make Pie.


The pie fascination around here frightens me. Do you know that? Taking advice off me on how to make pie is not the way it should be. But, still, I have the Old English Recipe for Pie and I'll share it, because it does make some fine pastry. If at one stage you say to yourself, "This is fucking lot lard here," then you're doing it right.

It goes like this:

8 oz of flour.
1 table spoon of cornflour.
Pinch of salt.
2 oz of butter.
2 oz of lard.
2 oz of cold water.


Now, another important thing to remember here is that you've really got to boil up your own apples and apricots and whatever you use, okay? My Nanna is a sweet, lovely old English woman, but there's nothing quite like hearing her say, "You're using ingredients from a can?" to make you feel like an idiot. It's insane, but true, and if she finds out you've been misusing her recipe like that, she'll call you up and set you straight. Plus, it tastes better. The other trick to it is to sift your flower two or three times, to turn it into a fine grain.

Like all things, cut back and add more as you go. If you want sweet pastry, turn the pinch of salt into a tablespoon of sugar.

So, yes, I'm still doing the thirty questions, or whatever it is now. Got sidetracked, but it's amusing me still. You can still leave words and ideas and such round, since I've got about eight slots empty from a mix of double ups and emptiness. Knock yourself out. Anything goes.

Introduction Fun.


Yesterday, artbroken did the meme where you find ten introductions and put them up for people to guess the book they've come from. I liked that, party because I'm a sucker for a good introduction, and partly because I also think it ties nicely into the what kind of reader thing from yesterday, so I'm going to put up a bunch.

1.

We are falling.

2.

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aurliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.

--One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

3.

I was born in the city of Bombay... once upon a time.

--Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie.

4.

I no longer live in the City of Truth.

--City of Truth, James Morrow.

5.

The cell door slammed behind Rubashov.

--Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler.

6.

I'd just bitten the hand that fed me when God called, again.

--Outside the Dog Museum, Jonathan Carroll,

7.

The first thing I remember is being under something.

8.

There is an interesting condition of the stomach where ulcers build like coral, fibrous tissue replacing musculature, cicatrix dividing that shady receptacle into two zones, with communication by means of a narrow isthmus: a condition spoken of, with some awe, by the connoisseurs of pathology as "hour glass stomach".

9.

Granted: I am the inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peephole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.

--The Tin Drum, Gunter Grass.

10.

"I see we're expected," the small man said, continuing to stroll toward the large open gate in the long, high, ancient wall.

--The Swords of Lankhmar, Fritz Leiber.

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ironed_orchid
May. 9th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Is 3. Midnight's Children?
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC)
yep.

i actually really dig THE SATANIC VERSES (more than MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN), but the opening line of this is just nicer.
ironed_orchid
May. 9th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I think the only other first line I've got right in this meme was The Satanic Verses. Seems that I can spot Rushdie at a distance.
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
it's not hard, i reckon. he has nice distinctive opening lines. probably the only one i can't remember (out of the books i've read) off the top of my head is the opening to FURY.
reni_0629
May. 9th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC)
3 is Midnight's Children
4 --and I may be embarassing myself here--but is 4 actually called City of Truth?
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC)
heh. yes, number four is called CITY OF TRUTH. you know by who, though?
reni_0629
May. 9th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
Gah. I only read part of it, and it was like a million years ago, but I'm thinking...Morrow? Marrow? Damn. I am useless.
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:43 am (UTC)
man, that was pretty impressive. morrow. james morrow.
reni_0629
May. 9th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
Heh. Now I wish I hadn't second-guessed myself.
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benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
number five is pretty well known. i thought it would be the easiest mark out of all of them i put up, but i liked how it flowed with the other intros.
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benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:44 am (UTC)
nope. sorry, man.
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
someone just picked it, so i'll let you know: koestler's DARKNESS AT NOON.
chrisbarnes
May. 9th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
My guess for #10 is one of the Fritz Leiber "Fafhyrd & the Gray Mouser" books.
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
it is, though you spelt fafhrd wrong. the book is called THE SWORDS OF LANKHMAR.
chrisbarnes
May. 9th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
I never can remember how to spell the big guy's name.
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
practice :)

i keep wanting to put extra r's in it.
blindsidepubs
May. 9th, 2005 03:12 am (UTC)
I haven't read it in far too long (I shall re-read it this summer, actually) so I may be way off, but is #9 The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass?
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
yep.
blindsidepubs
May. 9th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
My favorite novel of all time though the rest of the Danzig Trilogy was a bit of a let-down. One of those books I read and said, "Okay, no point in continuing your career as an author, you'll never match this."
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
i had that same experience with DARKNESS AT NOON. i literally thought, when i put the book down, that it had the finest final lines i'd ever read, anywhere.
blindsidepubs
May. 9th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
Well, see, now I have to read Darkness at Noon. Thanks for the recommendation (now that I've finally found a good time of day to fit in my pleasure reading).
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
well, i don't want to oversell it or nothing. but, that said, it really is a final line that is read at the end of the book--the whole book itself is great, so there's no problem there, but if you've the urge to sneak a look... don't.
blindsidepubs
May. 9th, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
I've the will power of a champ. I'll resist at all costs.
dmw
May. 9th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
no 5: Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon
benpeek
May. 9th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
yep. one of my favs.
bodhichitta0
May. 9th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Lard--the nectar of gods. :-) Once a year I take the kids the county fair here and this place sells French fries deep-fried in lard. They are SO good. It's wrong, how good they are.

Lard makes pastry very flaky and yummy. And I like the pie talk in your journal. It's making me laugh.

I think you've got some Jon Carroll up there, but I've not read him, so I can't be sure.
benpeek
May. 10th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC)
yeah, it is jonathan carroll. it's from his novel OUTSIDE THE DOG MUSUEM
benpeek
May. 10th, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
and i was going to add, before i hit tab and send by accident, that i think it's his best novel. long out of print, i believe it's a couple of months away from being reprinted.
bodhichitta0
May. 10th, 2005 11:19 am (UTC)
Someone who is between an acquaintance and a friend (do you know the sort of someone I'm talking about?)he recommended Carroll to me. I put it on my list but haven't gotten to it. I'll put that specific title down to read. Two recommendations usually means it has to move up in the list of priorities. :-)
benpeek
May. 10th, 2005 11:23 am (UTC)
yeah, i know the type of person.

be prepared with carroll to never have a fulfilling end of a book, however. it's the only advice/warning i can think of with him. he hasn't yet done a great ending. this is possibly because he works up such ambitious plots and moments in the books that he just doesn't know how. in some, they really damage the book (FROM THE TEETH OF ANGELS) and in others, you just shrug.

with carroll, it's all about the journey and not the end.
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