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Gloria De Luca
February 22, 2012
Walt Whitman began the day with oysters and meat.
That’s what he called a snack.
The novelist Vendela Vida is nuts about pistachios.
Lord Byron sipped vinegar to keep his weight down.
Emily Dickinson fancied her own homemade bread.
Writer Joyce Maynard, lime popsickles.
Wendy MacNaughton, who wrote and illustrated the article for the New York Times, "Snacks of the Great Scribblers,” keeps a small bowl of garlic croutons on her desk for her munchies.
What better month to talk about snacks than National Snack Food Month.
Snack, from the Middle English snak, variant of snacche, is either a light meal, or eating between meals — which can be good for you if you snack on good things like carrots and fruit but no sensible snackers want to do that.
Leave it to comedian Mitch Hedberg who always had a novel way of looking at things:
“I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store, oftentimes I will drop it so that is achieves its maximum flavor potential.”
So if any fellow snackers drop in today, need I ask?
The Academy Awards has made some mistakes, but in 1946 they got it right.