Last week I went to Blackout Night at Gemini Ink, a literary center where I’ve taken writing workshops and attended readings. This activity was inspired by author Austin Kleon‘s book “Newspaper Blackout” (I’ve been on hold for his other, “Steal Like An Artist,” at the library for a couple of weeks now. I need to add “Blackout” to the list). Kleon creates new pieces of writing from newspaper articles by marking out some of the words.
The session was led by local writer/artist/cool dude Lyle Rosdahl, who I’ve never met before but immediately liked because he is currently in possession of the library’s copy of “Steal Like An Artist.” Great minds, Lyle. But if you could return that soon, I’d really appreciate it. 😉
Anyway, Lyle showed us some “Blackout” examples and said that a lot of times what happens during this activity is that the subtext of the story pushes to the forefront. Keeping that in mind, I reached to the nearest stack of papers and blindly grabbed a section from the middle.
You guys. I pulled my own story. I had a good laugh (and the people at my table looked at me funny) and put it back. I wasn’t going to mark up my own stuff! Especially not my Weekender cover story about the Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show! Hello!
The lady across from me said she would take anything but Sports or Taste, so I decided to go for those. I like a challenge. 🙂
From a story in Taste about a Thai chef and the art of Thai food: “Salt, Acid and Sweet”
Think about food, think again
Most people have no idea the misconceptions are inseparable from what we know
Well-spiced, deep with flavors
But there’s an exception
Pushing yourself, everything at the same time
Share everything else
It’s impossible to cook without saltiness, acidity and sweetness
This is not a cookbook
Cook through the story
Sneak into kitchens, eat and create memories
Long for food and cooking regularly
Get even more
Fundamental is the technique of making
The importance goes before and against times
For the most part, more or less, directions in creating are simple, even though it seems difficult
Saltiness, acidity and sweetness
As simple — and complex — as learning
From a Sports article about women’s golf: “Women’s ‘Steppingstone'”
More than pedigree, hope will shine and the dream, for us, would come calling
The road, the course to be held, is one long process
The first thing is the course, of course
Particularly, is it a test, a challenge?
Will it test all the players?
If successful it’s a win-win, the creation of the best product we can build
Showcase it, and get involved
You have steppingstones you’ve got to be
Beyond that, it depends on the course
Aside from the smell of 20 open Sharpies, this activity was fantastic! I liked it so much I think I’ll do some of these on my own. I’m also going to see if my family will want to do it when we’re at the coast next month, but with less pungent markers. Creativity is awesome. Headaches are not.