Fargo, ND -- August 4, 2007

At the front desk of my hotel, reading Three Famous Short Novels, Spotted Horses, Old Man, The Bear, by William Faulkner.

Recently he read Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. He works as a cook. You can always tell a cook by his hands, he said and held out his own.

Also recently, he's been reading Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick.

His favorite book of all time--Catcher in the Rye. Or was. It’s no longer his favorite. It’s iconic when you’re a teen, he said, but now it’s not as ground-breaking, hitting as close to home. He’s read it more times than he can count on his (scarred and burned) fingers. ...they actually didn't look too bad.

If he were to write his own book? It’d be half his own stories, half fiction, based on what he’s seen and done.

What’s helped him relate to other people? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter Thompson-- a lot of cooks have read this, also, he remarked, a lot of cooks have memorized all the major lines in Full Metal Jacket.

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