[this blog post is best paired with louis armstrong’s “cheesecake”]
i make a cheesecake every year for john steinbeck’s birthday.
i’m going to be out of town on the 27th of february, so i made his birthday cheesecake this weekend.
john steinbeck wrote my favorite book, east of eden. below is my favorite part of the book—the dedication to his friend and editor, pat:
You came upon me carving some kind of little figure out of wood and you said, “Why don’t you make something for me?”
I asked you what you wanted, and you said, “A box.”
“To put things in.”
“What kind of things?”
“Whatever you have,” you said.
Well, here’s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts- the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.
And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.
And still the box is not full.
happy 116th, john.