Tom Aaron

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Stephen King and the relationship between reading and writing

28th June 2009
All writers communicate with an audience, even diary writers, who start as their own audience of one. A letter writer may write for an audience of one, a business writer may write of an audience of thousands or more, if they are fortunate, and the Stephen... Read >

Strike them out: Mark Twain on adjectives

22nd June 2009
In Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain cautions us on using adjectives: "As to the adjective, when in doubt, strike it out." Clifton Fadiman warns us too: "The adjective is the banana peel of the parts of speech." Adjectives modify nouns. In the examples ... Read >

Hot Buns in Japan: Pork, Pizza, Curry, and Salty Caramel

04th June 2009
Chinese restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world offer pork buns. Pork and other ingredients are cooked, stuffed inside a bun, and steamed. You can find pork buns ranging from fast food buns at little stands on the street to the ecst... Read >

Being Japanese: a strict set of beliefs and rules

09th April 2009
Once again, I found myself out drinking with Fred. We were in a cheap place, one of those places with the little red lanterns outside, which usually signified cheap food and drink, the drinks being of an alcoholic nature. We were peacefully solving the pr... Read >

Seventeen Japanese killed by devil's tongue

12th February 2009
In September 2008, Japan was shocked by the death of a 1-year-old boy who choked to death on a piece of jelly made from devil's tongue. In Latin, devil's tongue is called Glucomannan. Other names are snake palm, konjac mannan, konjac, elephant yam, voodoo... Read >