Category Archives: How “Normal People” eat

How ‘Normal People’ Eat: Rachel Blakeman

I’d gotten away from doing “Normal People” interviews, in part because of the extra work involved but primarily because I started wondering if such beings actually existed, or whether they were just a figment of my food-obsessed imagination. An awful lot of people … Continue reading

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Dietary tools: The Nash gadget

I like to build willpower by acquiring new tools rather than adopting new rules. And it helps even more if I give the tool a name — preferably a goofy one related to the task it performs. Or in the … Continue reading

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An all-star cookie monster’s chocolate pie update

Even though it happens constantly, I’m still always amazed whenever I stumble across the interconnected web of existence in small town living. On Saturday I hurried off after work to Colleen’s 9-year-old All-Star game — she’s the only girl, like … Continue reading

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In defense of not being ‘Normal’: Haruki Murakami

In my interviews with so-called “Normal People,” my focus has always been on what little habits come naturally for them that are difficult for the rest of us. I’ve refused to accept the idea that some people were just born … Continue reading

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Another example of ‘Normal People’ extreme energy levels

My friend Tinea Agen, front woman for the band Vinyl Richie, was the subject of my very first foray into contemplating How Normal People Eat that later launched a series of interviews. Like so many people I’ve talked to since … Continue reading

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From the interview archives: ‘Normal People’ diet tips

What do so-called “normal people” — those who don’t struggle with their weight — do when the scale creeps up a few pounds or their favorite jeans get a big snug? Here are some answers to that question, which I … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat: Historical novelist Jon Anthony Hauser

Starbucks might be a fairly cushy environment for discussing the harsh lives of medieval Crusaders, but it turns out that historical novelist Jon Anthony Hauser knows a thing or two about agony and deprivation. As a teenager growing up on … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat: Mark Wood

Except for a few strategic and distinguished looking gray hairs, Mark Wood looks almost exactly like he did back in 1987, when he and I ran the Indiana Daily Student at IU. Now the director of digital development at the … Continue reading

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How ‘Normal People’ Eat: Aunt Ellen

In a family in which get-togethers invariably revolve around food, Aunt Ellen’s always had a reputation among “us kids” as a health food nut. Turns out that reputation may be somewhat undeserved. While it’s true that Ellen’s never had an … Continue reading

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How People Eat: Legendary cross country coach Bob Milton

Ask science teacher Bob Milton to explain this observation: Of all the cross country trophies in his classroom at Norwell Middle School, how did his teams wind up with both the state championship trophy and the state runner-up trophy for … Continue reading

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