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David Straughan

David Straughan is a writer, editor, and cat enthusiast from Durham, North Carolina. After spending five and a half years scouring China for its local flavors, he has returned home to once again soak up the North Carolina sunshine and study the finer points of traditional barbecue. He can be reached for work or Chinese food recommendations at

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. An “everything” drawer
  2. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
  3. Annie Hall references
  4. Tar Heel basketball
  5. Seltzer in a can
  6. Law & Order reruns
  7. The occasional Dorothy Parker witticism
  8. Impromptu chats with people that make you run late for things
  9. Random things that remind me of people I love
  10. Cold coffee