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Telling a Bigger Story

It’s Novem­ber here. The days are cold and long blue shad­ows are cast over every­thing. I know I am fickle and say this about lots of months but I think Novem­ber might be one of the most beau­ti­ful. It is so stark and unapolo­getic. And as this blog comes up on it’s two-year birth­day I am reflec­tive on what it is.

This comes up based on a con­ver­sa­tion with D the other day. We were sit­ting drink­ing cof­fee on one our recent amaz­ing early morn­ing dates about the ideas float­ing around our head. One of the ones that has been both­er­ing me is fig­ur­ing out what inter­ests me about writ­ing this blog. It is an ongo­ing ques­tion, based on a ten­sion I feel within the world of online food, travel, and cul­ture writ­ing. There is a lot of aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful work being crafted by the food blog­gers of the world (many of whom are pho­tog­ra­phers or design­ers as seen here, here, and here)  and there is good writ­ing about where food comes from and it’s pol­i­tics (like this). And there is also what feels like a mil­lion of these projects. And cer­tainly I am not inter­ested in hav­ing less of these impor­tant and beau­ti­ful addi­tions to a con­ver­sa­tion about what feeds us but I am grap­pling with what feels fas­ci­nat­ing with this piece called Pic­ture and Plate.

So as I stretch and reach to explore how to write and illus­trate what a story about food, place, and the people’s sto­ries that sur­round it look like I’d like your help and advice. I’d like to know how, what and when we feed each other and why that feels inter­est­ing. What it means to be nour­ished in all sorts of ways. How to look at the heavy air that hangs some­times around the table. And what it feels like to come together around food, which orga­nizes so much of our lives. I am inter­ested in this aes­thet­i­cally in a way that doesn’t only aim to por­tray an aim of lived per­fec­tion and I’ll be delv­ing into this more as I am able to artic­u­late on it more clearly. So as you are out there, if it occurs to you, get in touch, share what sparks your inter­est with the hope that telling a more com­plete story allows for more ways for all us to be in this thing together.

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