i will cultivate within
me scrupulously the Inimitable which
is loneliness, these unique dreams
never shall soil their raiment
with phenomena: such
being a conduct worthy of
tall than mine” (opening the windows)
“and there is a philosophy” strictly at
street)this deep immediate mask and
expressing “as for myself, because i
am slender and fragile
i borrow contact from that you and from
this you sensations, imitating a few fatally
exquisite”(pulling Its shawl carefully around
it)”things i mean the
Rain is no respecter of persons
the snow doesn’t give a soft white
damn Whom it touches
It’s by ee cummings, of course, and I think it’s about playing lego batman with absolutely no ambition on a snowy day. It’s about writing stories with interesting good guys, and submitting them even though you haven’t got a chance. It’s about embracing every strange thought in your head, about Isaac’s perfect lego house with the beautiful bank of windows and two ladders to the roof, about Malcolm’s story about a hood full of snow, about making anything, doing anything, about getting out of bed in the morning. It’s about tall hopes and graceful weighty wishes. Do you think I would do this if I wasn’t hoping for something?These are just ordinary sugar cookies. They’re easy to roll out, and they hold their shape fairly well, though they do puff up a bit. I’ve arrived at this recipe after much experimentation. These cookies are simple, but they’re also sort of perfect in the way that simple things are. We put sparkly raw sugar on them instead of frosting, because this particular snow is the sparkliest I’ve ever seen. David said they also look like flowers, which is a hopeful thought!
Here’s Shiny Things by Tom Waits
2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
2 t vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt (or more if you like it a bit salty, which I do)
Raw sugar to sprinkle on top
I made these in the food processor because I was feeling too lazy to cream the butter. So…put the butter in the processor or a bowl, and process/cream till smooth. Add the sugars and vanilla and process/stir again until completely smooth. Add the egg, process/stir.
Add all of the dry ingredients and process for a minute or two until it all clumps together in a nice thick even dough. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 20 or 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly butter your baking sheets. On a well-floured counter roll the dough to be about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out in any shape you like. Transfer to the baking sheet, sprinkle with raw sugar, and cook until they’re just starting to turn golden brown on the bottom. It was about ten minutes for me, but keep an eye on them!! Let cool on a cooling rack for ultimate crispiness.