Sailboats, Southern Cooking & Emotional IQ: This Week's Reading


This week's reading has it all. When a particularly gorgeous passage from Garden & Gun burrowed into my brain, I thought back to what's really stuck with me this week. An evocative description of an 1860 Lowcountry feast (from my "something to read" Christmas gift - a very academic, completely fascinating book about Southern cuisine), the aforementioned Garden & Gun passage, an ill-advised email and two quotes from Mindy Kaling's 2011 book (thank you little free library!).

Of all the things you've read this week, what sticks with you? Leave it in the comments.

I popped off one time walking down the pier with Joe, said something about ‘one butt-ugly sailboat,’ and he snapped at me. Asked me how dare I say that about a boat, any boat. Joe told me that the boat was somebody’s Saturdays, somebody’s moonlight and sunshine. Somebody’s encounter with a dolphin, somebody’s delight watching a pelican’s belly drag over the waves.
— A Boat to See Me Home by Sonny Brewer, Garden & Gun February/March 2018
(W)rite your own part. It is the only way I’ve gotten anywhere. It is much harder work, but sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you.
— Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns): Matt & Ben & Mindy & Brenda by Mindy Kaling
For lavishness and scale, the South Carolina Jockey Club’s midwinter banquet has no recorded equal in the antebellum Lowcountry. While cosmopolitan, it projected local bounty in its game and fish offerings. While nodding to French gastronomic finesse, it in no way showed the Francophilic excesses of banquet menus elsewhere, and offered traditional British favorites and local items, such as pigs’ feet and tomatoes.
— Southern Provisions: The Creation and Revival of a Cuisine; Chapter 6, The Jockey Club Banquet of February 1, 1860 by David. S. Shields
I hope the ratings were worth it! I hope the ~500 RTs on the single news write-up made that burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist has-been feel really relevant for a little while.
— Babe Reporter Katy May Email to Headline News (HLN)
‘I know you get upset, Min. But you have to be professional.’
— Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns): All About the Office by Mindy Kaling
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