Peter J. Atwood fiction

I like words, and more, words that are used well. This is where I collect them. Most I come across in the works of other authors, but on occasion I find some in the wild myself.


“Fuse two hydrogen with one oxygen and repeat until you have enough. While the water is heating, raise some cattle. Pay a man with grim eyes to do the slaughtering, . . . When, out of the blue, you remember the first person you truly loved, the soup is ready.”

—Dean Allen, “How to Cook Soup,” Cardigan Industries

One of the most magical paragraphs ever written. Go read it in full.