Michel Piccoli

Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli is a French actor and film director. He has one of the longest careers in French cinema, is regarded worldwide as a symbol of France's film history, more of the 1960s and 70s, he was born in Paris to a musical family. He has appeared in many different roles, from seducer to cop to gangster to Pope, in more than 170 movies, he has been married three times, first to Éléonore Hirt for eleven years to the singer Juliette Gréco and to Ludivine Clerc. He has one daughter from Anne-Cordélia. Piccoli is politically active on the left, is vocally opposed to the Front National, he won the Best Actor Award at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival for A Leap in the Dark. In 1982, he won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival for his role in Strange Affair. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Europe Theatre Prize. Michel Piccoli on IMDb

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a memoir by American author Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers. Published in 2000 by Charles Scribner's Sons, On Writing is King's first book after he was involved in a car accident a year earlier. In 2010, Scribner republished the memoir as a 10th anniversary edition, which featured an updated reading list from King. On Writing is organized into five sections: "C. V.", in which King highlights events in his life that influenced his writing career. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly included On Writing on their "The New Classics: Books – The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008" list. Both Sharon Johnson in The Patriot-News and Julie Woo for the Associated Press, in separate reviews, praised King's advice as "solid". John Mark Eberhart, writing in the Sunday Free Lance-Star, called King's writing advice "pedestrian", but concluded that On Writing was "a slight but transitionally important work that should lead to better things."

Stephen King began composing On Writing in 1997. After completing the "C. V." and "Toolbox" sections, King set aside the manuscript in February or March 1998, explaining in the final section of On Writing that he was uncertain how or whether he should proceed with the book. In June 1999, King became determined to finish it. On June 19, 1999, King was hit by a van while walking along Maine State Route 5. Following the accident, King struggled to return to writing, uncertain whether he would be able to publish another novel. In an interview with NBC, King stated, "After the accident, I was incapable of writing. At first it was as if I'd never done this in my life.... It was like starting over again from square one."In January 2000, King wrote on his website that he had finished On Writing and was more optimistic about his career, stating, "My endurance is much less than it was and my output has been cut in half, but I am working." The final section of the book is titled "On Living: A Postscript", it reflects on the accident and details his return to writing, stating "things have continued to get better."

On Writing was the first book King published following his accident. On Writing is divided into five sections, each with a different focus. Although the first section, titled "C. V." narrates his life, King states that the section is not an autobiography, but more a curriculum vitae, owing to the sporadic nature of his memories. "C. V." discusses events in King's life that contributed to his development as a writer, such as his early exposure to writing, his early attempts to be published, his relationship with his wife, the death of his mother, his history of drug and alcohol abuse. The second section is titled "What Writing Is". Comparing writing to telepathy, King reintroduces himself and includes an example of literary description. King urges the reader to take his advice seriously; the third section, "Toolbox", discusses English mechanics and the importance of vocabulary and style in writing. The fourth section, "On Writing", details King's advice on writing; the fifth and final section, "On Living: A Postscript", discusses the accident in 1999 in which King was struck by a van while walking down Maine State Route 5.

In the United Kingdom paperback version, a short story by Garret Adams entitled "Jumper" was included at the end of the book. The story won the On Writing competition. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly listed On Writing 21st on their list of "The New Classics: Books – The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008". Sharon Johnson, in a review published by The Patriot-News, wrote that King survived his car accident "with his skill intact", calling King's advice "solid" and "an unexpected gift to writers and readers." Peter Sobczynski, a correspondent for the Post-Tribune, called the book "a fun, incisive read" highlighting its emotional power: "In writing candidly and about his recovery from a trauma that should have killed him, King has never been more affecting. It is a good thing he was able to survive and get back into shape on a physical and emotional level."Julie Woo for the Associated Press called King's advice "solid" about dialogue and plot. However, Woo observed that "many other books about writing offer such advice and some are more inspirational and ambitious," noting how "King cannot replicate a formula for his success so he does the next best thing by describing his work habits and environment urging that consistency in those areas can be conducive to good writing."

John Mark Eberhart wrote a mixed review in the Sunday Free Lance-Star. Criticizing King's recommendations on writing, Eberhart remarked that they were "so pedestrian that I can't remember when I first ran across any of them." On the other hand, Eberhart praised On Writing's discussion of King's personal life, stating that "King's writing about his own alcoholism and cocaine abuse is among the best and most honest prose of his career." Eberhart characterized the book as "a slight but transitionally important work that should lead to better things." On Writing at Google Books


Kabanos known as cabanossi or kabana, is a long, dry sausage made of pork which originated in Poland. They are smoky in flavor, can be soft or dry in texture depending on freshness, they are quite long, 60 cm, but thin, with a diameter around 1 cm, folded in two, giving them a characteristic appearance. Versions made of chicken and turkey delicatessens; the name comes from the word kaban, an old term used in Eastern Poland for a young male pig fattened with potatoes specially for making this kind of sausage. The word kaban with a similar meaning is present in other Slavic languages, e.g. it denotes a boar in Russian and Ukrainian. It was loaned into Slavic from Turkic languages. Kabanosy are known to have been produced since medieval times at least, because of their long-lasting capabilities they were considered perfect food for soldiers and travellers, reflected by kabanos' design traits: thinness very extended length, shape in which they are always kept. According to some historians, they were hung around the neck, allowing any horse-mounted riders to eat on the go without stopping for a food break.

For the same reason, they were used as hiking food and are common among Polish Highlanders. Tighter, smaller wraps of long kabanosy - as sold nowadays - were common among foot soldiers. Smaller kabanos wrapping eaten while marching. Nowadays, kabanosy are made using different spices, come in many different flavours. Before the 20th century, various spices were being used in the production of kabanosy, giving them locally distinct tastes, which differed between various regions of Poland. Production of kabanosy requires a minimum of 150 grams of best grade pork meat to make 100 grams of sausage, known today as the "minimum of 3:2 ratio", it happens because of the loss of some of the water contained within the meat used to prepare the raw sausage, which evaporates during the long process of meat smoking. Nowadays every Polish manufacturer of kabanosy describes on the packaging at which ratio their sausage was made; the two main types of kabanosy include a "softer" and more common type, a "harder" type, which are smoked for a long time until bending the sausage becomes difficult.

Because of the long and thorough smoking process, the "harder kabanos" type is long-lasting and does not spoil as as most other meats without preservatives. Furthermore, kabanosy are categorized into two other main types, depending on the amount of spices used: "hot" and "mild". Both "harder" and "softer" types of kabanosy come in "hot" or "mild", since the "hardness" of the sausage comes only from the length of its smoking time, but otherwise the two are made of the same ingredients. According to modern recipes, kabanosy are seasoned with different spices, such as black pepper and others. Unlike other meats, these sausages are eaten alone as an appetiser or are served with cheese. Although kabanosy can be cooked with other food, they are served cold only. Only if no other meat were available to Polish travelers or soldiers would they have sliced kabanos into small pieces to cook them with vegetables, millet, potatoes, or whatever else was available. In recent years, some manufacturers have created sausages made with the same process as kabanosy, but have substituted the traditional pork with other meat.

Due to their distinct shape and look, they are called kabanosy, with the addition of the name of the meat they contain, e.g. kabanosy z kurczaka, "chicken kabanosy". It is cut into bite-sized chunks and eaten cold as an appetiser or snack with cheese and crackers. Small cabanossi, called minicabanossi, are available. Sliced cabanossi is a popular pizza topping; the kabanos sausage is found in Southern and Eastern European countries from the Adriatic Sea to the Baltic states, is very popular in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, where the sausage is one of the most prevalent dried sausages. In Central and Eastern Europe, kabanos is consumed as a snack, it is fairly popular in Colombia, where it is called cabano. After Polish accession to the European Union and Germany fought a trade war for 10 years over the name kabanos. In 2011, when Polish manufacturers submitted scientific proofs of kabanos' Polish origins from their historians, the EU granted the Guaranteed Traditional Speciality kabanos name to Poland.

This status does not forbid manufacturers from other countries to produce and sell kabanos under that name, but demands that it is made according to specified "time-honoured recipes." List of dried foods List of smoked foods Recipe