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#Huangry: Rice is Nice

“Under promise, over deliver.” I live by this saying. You’re always going to be a hero when you blow away expectations. (Never mind the fact you’re usually the one setting those expectations at an all-time low.) That’s more or less the reason why I love simple foods and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. They have the greatest potential for surprising and delighting.

That’s especially true when you subconsciously cap their potential based on factors like their location—say, in a strip mall that shares parking with a gas station. Which is exactly the case with Korean BBQ, a restaurant so simply named that you have to wonder if it’s an authentic Korean joint, or merely a meta-hipster interpretation of Korean barbecue. Spoiler alert: it’s pretty authentic, and there’s nary a hipster in sight

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#Huangry: Souped Up

Until the recent past—maybe as recently as sitting down at my table—I had only mediocre to awful experiences with tomato soup. They were invariably canned and somehow managed to be too much and not enough at the time: too sweet or too sour; too thin and watery; too little oomph to be an attractive choice on the wide spectrum of soups. I suppose it says something when my most positive impression of tomato soup—Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans prints—didn’t involve tasting the soup.

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Responsible Storytelling

Lately, I've been struggling with what I'm doing as a journalist, editor, and writer. Part of that is because publishing is an industry that will never be known for its generous salaries, but another large part is the fact that I went to school with a bunch of smart people.

A lot of those smart people are doing smart things—becoming lawyers, doctors, chemists, and engineers, working in nonprofits, being activists on the front lines of vital social causes—a whole host of what one might consider real work with measurable real world consequences. 

But if there is anything I learned as an English major, it's that there is a power to language and imagery. Having the ability and the platform to tell stories—to use language and imagery—is not something I can take lightly.

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Southern Storytelling

A few weeks ago, my friend Prentiss Standridge approached me about contributing to Front Porch Arts Collective's Potluck 2015 series, specifically one presentation themed Literary Roots. I was invited—along with three other speakers, a contemporary dance company, and a singer-songwriter—to talk about or present work that examines or illustrates this idea of what it means to be a Southern storyteller. 

This concept behind Literary Roots was—is—intriguing. To me, it's a fluid, open-ended idea—so why not? I took a crack at this and came up with a few thoughts.

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