Posts Tagged ‘american classic’

9th September
2010
written by Steph

I think 2010 may be the year of eating my words. If you’ll recall, this is the year where I finally conquered Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, and rather than despising it like I had in the past, I really got into the story and enjoyed it an awful lot this time round. Enter The Great Gatsby, a book most people read while in their teens, but not I! Despite it often being touted as the quintessential American novel, I’d never been able to get into it (and never been forced to while in highschool). Even with its slim size, I’d only made it about 40 pages in or so before giving up in exasperation. The last time I tried it, I put it down saying that either it was the wrong time for me to be reading it, or Fitzgerald just wasn’t the author for me (I found him too “adverby”, that is, I was disconcerted by his liberal use of adverbs). Well, I think we can now chalk this one up to timing, because this time when I picked up The Great Gatsby, I was mesmerized. And not at all bothered by the writing! Quite the opposite, in fact! In vain I searched for instances of overuse of adverbs or other modifiers, bogging down the prose like the heavy fringe on a flapper’s dress. Despite my anticipation of overly fussy writing, this time, no excess weight was in sight. It honestly felt like I was reading a completely different, totally enchanting novel. Except for the commas! Oh, the commas! Clearly Fitzgerald and I have somewhat incompatible views on how these little freckles of punctuation should be used, which sometimes meant I had to re-read certain sentences several times over and had to have my thinking cap on at all times, but who am I to argue with Fitzgerald’s stylistic proclivities? I’ve probably been using commas wrong all this time. (more…)
6th February
2009
written by Steph
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Chilly Pheese Steaks

Or as I inevitably wind up calling them “Chilly Pheese Steaks”!  However you say it, I’ve been craving one for the past 2 weeks or so.  This is how I know I could never really be a vegetarian, as every so often I just get wildly intense cravings for red meat. I’ll admit that I cheated a little bit on this meal, using leftover fajita steak from a meal out at our erstwhile favorite Mexican restaurant rather than cooking the meat myself.  I had the best of intentions as I purchased a package of tenderized round steak at Publix the last time we went shopping.  But when I took it out of the fridge too cook (after just two days in the fridge) it didn’t look quite right.  It was a dark purple color that made us a feel a bit uncomfortable and we ultimately decided not to risk cooking meat that had potentially gone off.  So I used leftover steak instead.  C’est la vie.  The one bonus, it definitely cut down on the cooking time (though not massively, since this dish really takes all of 20 minutes to assemble). (more…)