A bit all over the map this week, with a particular eye towards writers and would be writers.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
One. My friend Kim is my personal punctuation police – she will drop me emails to point out wrong commas and colons, as the true English professor that she is. English punctuation is vastly different from Italian and possibly one of the hardest things to learn for a non-native speaker. But how well do you know your semi-colons? Here is a way to find out.
Two. Every writing manual written for aspiring writers can be summed up with one salient piece of advice: sit down and do it. Which is a lot harder than it sounds. Do you really believe those who claim to sit at their desk for hours, with words flowing out of their fingertips? Amy Poehler doesn’t buy it and, in one eloquent paragraph, describes a much more common writing experience.
Three. From funny Amy to even funnier Stephen, as in Colbert. In this short and funny video Stephhen Colbert takes the proverbial piss out of every celebrity lifestyle blog and site aimed at convincing us we do need $50 soap bars and colon cleanses.
Four. Because I work in the food industry, I can be pretty forgiving, in many ways, when I dine out as I am aware of the many mishaps that can happen during service. Sloppy mistakes, I will point out with unashamedly because I also know what should never go wrong. I also know that many customers could test Job’s patience: if you are a patron or, better yet, work or own a food establishment, this anonymous piece is a must read. It’s also extremely funny.
Five. And while we are discussing food, if you live in Los Angeles, a fabulous new Italian deli has opened and its food only be described as authentic and truly homemade. If you would like to know what good gnocchi really tastes like, or enjoy fresh pasta, eggplant parmesan, lasagna or authentic tiramisu, you must swing by Pasta Sisters. Full disclosure: the sisters are friends of mine but I would never recommend them if I hadn’t tried every single item on the menu and found fault with none.