Blackout & More


“I had my first blackout a few weeks before my 12th birthday,” says Sarah Hepola (Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget). “I thought: OK, this was a first-timer’s mistake, I drank way too much, I’ll never let that happen again. But they kept happening—in college, into my late 20s and 30s. I had theories about what caused them. I knew if I didn’t eat anything, they were more likely, and indeed, that is a risk factor for blackouts, along with being able to hold your liquor, and drinking fast (check, check).” Here.

Here‘s SF novelist Samuel Delany.

Says Etgar Keret (The Seven Good Years: A Memoir): “Writing is a little bit like dating. If you go on a date and the girl says that you’re not her guy, you don’t go home and think that you’re ugly or stupid or evil. You say, ‘Okay, this girl is just not for me.’ Offering writing is like offering friendship. Some people want to be friends and some people don’t. It’s actually more surprising for me when people connect with my stories. I think it’s the default for people to think your story is just a bunch of words on piece of paper written by a guy they don’t know. Why should they feel anything about it? More often than not it doesn’t happen and that’s okay. The miracle is when it works.” Here.

I literally realized that everything in my kids’ lunchboxes had military origins or influence — the bread, the sandwich meat, juice pouches, cheesy crackers, goldfish and energy bars. Even if we look at fresh items like grapes and carrots, the Army was involved in developing packaging for fruits and vegetables.” Here‘s Combat-Ready Kitchen: How The U.S. Military Shapes The Way You Eat.

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