Vice: A Catalog

This week the Debs are writing about our vices. 

Aldous Huxley once said that “Most vices demand considerable self-sacrifices.”

I think that is apt. All of my vices force me to sacrifice something else, be it health, time or money. But oh, how fun a vice can be! Of mine, these are my worst:

Video Games

If I think about how many hours I’ve whittled away at video games over the course of the last twenty years of my life, I’m quite confident it would easily amount to at least a full year in total. SO many books could have been written. I just love losing myself in a world that is rich with story, to explore beautiful worlds and to completely and utterly forget all the things that could trouble or worry me. When I was younger games would really lose me, but now I escape far less frequently, usually only for a few hours a week. I would much rather play a video game than watch television and I would dare say that I play video games far less than most other people watch TV.

Every vice has its excuse ready.  ~ Publilius Syrus

Isn’t that the truth! Now back to my vices.


Oh how sweet it is! I do have a terrible sweet tooth but fortunately as I age I tend to not like things so sweet. I used to love very very sweet desserts, sweeter wine, sugary types of things. But I prefer a bit more subtlety than in the past. I wish I could break my hold on the sweet stuff entirely, but that would mean no…


Wait, this isn’t a vice? This is necessity.

Books (and the hoarding of them)

I rarely buy physical books anymore. Most of them are ones I’ve had signed. They are spilling all over the place these days, much to the chagrin of my husband. the stack on top of this bookshelf (nearly all signed) is similar to many other piles of books in my house. I read books like I could eat candy, voraciously. If I weren’t so busy playing video games I would read far more than the two that I average every week. Thank god for eReaders to help me manage this obsession.

A Little Tipple

My husband and I love a good cocktail and figuring out where the best place is to get one. There’s a reason why I have a drink named after me! My friend, bartender Todd Maul, whipped up this delicious gin concoction, The Crystal, nearly a decade ago. It’s still one of the most popular drinks on the menu!


I’m not the only person who has to have their coffee in the AM. I usually have a big 10 oz. pour before I head to work, then another 10 oz. once I get there. And sometimes in the mid-afternoon, it really just hits the spot. Mmmm.

Author: Crystal King

Crystal King is a writer, culinary enthusiast and social media expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and an obsession with the food, language and culture of Italy. She has taught writing, creativity and social media at Grub Street and several universities including Harvard Extension School and Boston University. Crystal received her masters in critical and creative thinking from University of Massachusetts Boston. She lives with her husband and their two cats in the Boston area.

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