William Alexander once at the perfect loaf of bread – crispy, chewy, sweet and yeasty – and he vows to recreate it. The result is 52 Loaves, a yearlong experiment in baking, in which Alexander bakes the same loaf of bread week after week, tweaking his ingredients, techniques, cooking time, and so on. He grows and grinds his own wheat. He builds and earth oven in his backyard. He travels to France to bake his single loaf in the oven of an ancient monastery. And somewhere along the way he figures out, in the words of Voltaire, that perfect is the enemy of good. Funny, exasperating, and very entertaining!
John Scalzi discusses and signs Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas
06/12/2012 7:00 pm
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn't be better... until Andrew begins to pick up on the fact that 1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship's captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations, and 3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed. Then Andrew stumbles on information that completely transforms his and his colleagues' understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is, and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.