Thursday, August 12, 2010

Establishing Place... and making me hungry

My original editor and I once had a conversation about history. "It's the small details," he said, "that make history feel real in fiction." And I agree. When you're establishing a sense of place and time, it's the little things - stuff that's specific to that city or town or time period or whatever. Like this Italian beef sandwich with two kinds of peppers that I just ate in Chicago at a place called Bobo's on West Irving Park. We had - very sadly - come into town for a funeral. Husband's mom had passed away very suddenly, adding to what has already been quite the long, long summer. But even with death, there is food. In fact, in my experience - always with death there is food. And if you need an Italian run hot dog joint to establish a Chicago setting, think of this sandwich. There were french fries, too. But they didn't make it into the picture.


Lisa Gail Green said...

Looks delicious, though I'm sorry you were there for such a sad reason. Great point too, the details really make whatever world you are creating come alive.

Cynthia said...

So sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I agree that always with death there is food! And this photo looks mouth-wateringly good!