Forgive the name of the blog; it's been a long day! I'm not a huge crouton fan, really. I am, however, frightfully fond of alliteration...
Ok, so this first assignment is a creative one; even in research writing, the ability to write creatively allows you to describe, contextualize, formulate tone, etc., with ease and grace. To the end of engaging you guys in some creative practice, I'm asking to you to reply to this message with a food fantasy, food dream, food fear, or food nightmare (choose one only).
Since I'm interested in your creativity, I want you to feel free to respond either literally or visually; you can either write a paragraph on one of the four options above, or you can draw/paint/photograph or otherwise create an image that responds to the option you select. Keep in mind that this assignment should take you about 50 minutes, to stand in for our Friday class time. You can truly do whatever you want here, just be sincere.
I'm posting some of my food collages for inspiration, and you should DEFINITELY have a look at "Double Cream" by A.K. Elder, on pages 60-61 of Gastronomica; it's a super-short food fantasy piece about cheese.
One last little thing--be critical in your definition of food. Do you consider wine to be food? Why or why not? How about natural drugs, or tobacco? You can certainly do your assignment on your favorite cocktail, cigar, etc.
Good luck, and e-mail me with questions! Since this took me much longer than I anticipated, please just make sure to post your response by 4 PM tomorrow.