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Writers’ Reel: Have A Literary Thanksgiving Day!

 
This week, we’re featuring a reminder that spending time with your family is when the true literary drama occurs. Watch a clip from the 1997 film The Ice Storm, based on the novel by Rick Moody. The film centers around a family in 1970s Connecticut during Thanksgiving and is ripe with family dysfunction.
 

"Thanksgiving dinner at the O’Malleys, as Benjamin had often pointed out, was like waiting for the end of a ceasefire. Billy and her father would assume a guarded silence until the first drinks had been consumed. Then Billy would launch into his list of dissatisfactions beginning with, say, her father’s preposterous support for the House Un-American Activities Committee. Open disgust was not far away." - The Ice Storm
 
And to keep it light, here are some witty recipes for cooking turkey, courtesy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Crack Up.
 
“2. Turkey à la Francais: Take a large ripe turkey, prepare as for basting and stuff with old watches and chains and monkey meat. Proceed as with cottage pudding.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald