Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Writing and Slow Food

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I teach at Humber College (well, it's officially the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning) Last week Dr Raj Patel, author Stuffed and Starved, and a research on global food policy, gave a lecture at the Institute. He described Slow Food as the opposite of the industrial food system and its politics of slowing things down, of appreciating the beauty of cooking and preparing meals, the art of gastronomy, if you will, and how in many ways it presents a way of doing things that runs counter to our "accelerated culture," as Douglas Coupland described it almost two decades ago.

It got me to think of writing along the lines of Slow Food. I think the labour of writing, particularly creative writing, is precisely slow compared to most other forms of work and perhaps even other forms of writing. The beauty of a well-crafted sentence, or the cadence of a stanza, or the pleasure in finding/grabbing/stealing the time to write and savour language and character and setting is, at least for me, a key motivation of why I write.

Perhaps in our age of text messages and emails, where words face constant truncation, the hunger for the beauty and pleasure of words lures people to write and write and write.

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Nitin Deckha

Nitin Deckha is the author of Shopping for Sabzi (TSAR Publications, 2008) and a contributor to Once Upon a Time in Bollywood (TSAR Publications, 2007) and several other publications.

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