I dug up some hog peanuts and boiled
them with butter, salt, and pepper for
Bob Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns.
I was anxious to know what
Jasper Johns would think of them
because I knew he liked boiled peanuts.
I was curious to know
whether he would find a similarity
between boiled peanuts and hog peanuts.
Most people in the North
have no experience at all of boiled
peanuts. People who’ve
had hog peanuts speak afterwards of
the taste of chestnuts and beans.
Anyway, Jasper Johns
said they were very good but
that they didn’t taste particularly like
boiled peanuts. Then
he went down to South Carolina for a
few weeks in November.
When I saw him after he got
back, he said he’d had
boiled peanuts again and that they
tasted very much like hog peanuts.