About the Author
Shanny Jean Maney is both a performance poet and teacher. With Robbie Q. Telfer, she co-founded The Encyclopedia Show, a radical literary reading/spectacular which now runs in venues all across the globe. In March of 2010, the Chicago Encyclopedia Show won the Orgie (short for Original) Theatre Award for 2009's "Best Creation/Curators." Maney continues to co-curate the original show in Chicago.
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HOW TO MAKE A GIANT COOKIE Youʼve got a favorite cookie recipe, yeah? Well get it out! Iʼll wait. OK, read it through. If it calls for something other than butter, burn it on the spot. You are worth real butter. Do you have a cast iron skillet? Everyone should have a cast iron skillet. If you own one piece of kitchen equipment, make it a cast iron skillet. They are cheap and strong. You are worth a cast iron skillet. Youʼve gotta see where this is going. Make the dough. Smack it into the skillet. Bake the skillet ʻtil the cookie is done. 375°F? 25-35 minutes? Youʼll know. Call your honey over. If your cute sweetie doesnʼt swoon over that yum-cookie smell and smooch you on the spot, think long and hard. Go ahead. Iʼll wait. If the butterʼs not butter, itʼs not butter. If the cookieʼs not done, itʼs not good. If your sweetie ainʼt sweet, start over. Ainʼt more complicated than that.