—The Renegade, Shirley Jackson
I am pleased to discover that Shirley Jackson's collection of short stories, The Lottery, is all it's cracked up to be.
She knows how to write horror into her stories in a subtle but effective way. No gory details or gushing blood or monsters here. The real monsters among us or inside of us. The real monsters are the husbands who don't care or the neighbors who gossip or the polite young men who lie. Among all the horrors of society, one can always count on doughnuts as a symbol of safety. They will always one of the most nostalgic foods for me, too.
During my growth spurt, I once ate half a dozen doughnuts for breakfast without breaking a sweat. Allow me to explain. There was this fantastic doughnut place near our house called Christy's Donuts (sadly closed now).
Note to self (and other doughnut lovers): a baked cinnamon doughnut recipe to try someday.