Writers and Their Snacks

July 30, 2011 | 4

Franz Kafka liked to drink milk as he wrote. Walt Whitman liked a breakfast of cold meat and oysters. Marcel Proust was an espresso addict. This info graphic from The New York Times raises the question: what do you snack on as you write? You might also want to snack as you read that article, so check out our own Lydia Kiesling‘s piece from last April.

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  1. I require peanuts, shelled. I make a little pile of the fallen embryos, which for some reason must be eaten one at a time, while the split nuts go by the handful.

  2. To write, I need caffeine and lots of it. So I frequently drink Red Bull (cue groans here). While reading, I don’t eat or drink anything as it takes away from my attention to the book.

    Interesting topic!

  3. This is an interesting question. I don’t equate any particular drink or snack with a good writing session – if I’m thirsty, probably water or coffee, but not to make the writing flow.

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