A Cake Fit for a Sugar-Plum Fairy

The concept of stairs in the traditional sense was also something the world no longer needed. Stairs represented a teleological view of the universe, of one thing leading to another, whereas now everyone knew that one thing didn't lead to another but often nowhere at all.-Jeffrey Eugenides (Middlesex)Maybe things can sometimes lead nowhere, but, in…

Not Your Average Pancake

One sentence ends and another always begins, though not always in the place the last one left off, not always continuous with the old conditions. -Nicole Krauss (Great House)While I've never been the biggest Valentine's Day fan around, I do like celebrating holidays--and especially ones that lead to massive cuts in chocolate prices at drugstores…

Zucchini Fest, Part I: Details Schmetails

"In life, as in literature, we navigate via the stars of detail. We use detail to focus, to fix an impression, to recall."-James Wood (How Fiction Works)Some days the details really matter: a little fog can chill you to the bone, exacerbating the feeling that maybe you're coming down with something; a simple phrase like…