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Food for Thinkers: Your Complete 16-Course Tasting Menu

Your handy bookmark-able guide to the all-you-can-read extravaganza of ideas, stories, opinions, and proposals that was GOOD's Food for Thinkers week.

Last week, as I hope some of you may have noticed, we hosted a six-day Food for Thinkers blogfest. With the launch of GOOD's new food hub, I wanted to stake out an expanded territory for food writing, and at the same time, start building a community of influences and inspiration.

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Food for Thinkers: Food Writing Gets Hot and Heavy

The fiction writer Scott Geiger explores how words take on the texture and sensory richness of food in Thomas Wolfe's novel Look Homeward, Angel.

For writer Scott Geiger, whose short story "The Frank Orison" earned him a prestigious Pushcart Prize, the most exciting kind of food is entirely fictional. For Food for Thinkers week, he dug out the truly "hot and heavy passages about food and the senses" from Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, a novel that Geiger admits is "unwieldy, but I love it dearly." Dive in and enjoy "the smell of heavy bread-sandwiches of cold fried meat and butter" and the tingle of "foaming ice-cream soda, which returned in sharp delicious belches down his tender nostrils," while marveling at the way that words can take on the texture and sensory richness of food itself.

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Food for Thinkers: An Online Festival of Food and Writing

Six days, 48 writers—from space archaeologists to music bloggers, plus everything in between—and one topic: what makes food so interesting?


As promised, all this week GOOD's new Food hub will be hosting a blog festival—a multi-site online conversation looking at food writing from as broad and unusual a variety of perspectives as possible. Over the next six days, more than 40 of my favorite writers—from science bloggers and human rights reporters to design critics and food columnists—will be sharing their perspectives on what makes food so interesting.

We're calling it "Food For Thinkers," and although most of the participants will be posting on their own sites, you can keep up with the entire conversation here at GOOD Food HQ, where I'll be hosting links, adding my own responses, and asking for your comments. We'll also be using the Twitter hashtag #foodforthinkers on @GOODFoodHQ, if you prefer to follow along that way.

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