What is the purpose of this blog?
Roll Your Bones is part recipe binder, photo album, and art project. Here I write about my favorite foods and places I love. Most of the recipes are vegetarian or pescatarian, made healthier and low-calorie.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved print media. From the seventh grade right through college I worked on the school newspaper. I majored in journalism in college, and was on staff at two daily and one weekly newspaper.
While I left the industry long ago, I still love all the pieces that go into its production: selecting a topic, asking questions, gathering materials, writing, and editing. Finally we distill it into a strong visual image, and bring it all together in a form that can be distributed and shared.
In November of 1959 Jack Kerouac appeared on The Steve Allen Show. While he joyously read an excerpt from his book, On The Road, Allen laid down a jazzy piano riff in the background. In this appearance, Kerouac attempted to explain why he wrote “that book or any book.” He described seeing God, and being given the following instruction:
come on, boy,
go thou across the ground
go moan for man
go groan alone
go roll your bones
go thou and be little beneath my sight
go thou and be minute as seed in the pod
go thou go thou die hence
and of this world, report you well and truly
What does “Roll Your Bones” mean?
I interpret it as a command: Experience life, testify, push forward, quietly and with purpose. Gather together all the parts of you because they go where you go. It’s also a way of living; a way of responding to the world we live in.