Fortune Cookie Writer Quitting Because of Writer’s Block

If there’s one thing we love as Americans, it’s MSG-laden, inauthentic, irresistibly fried and greasy americanized Chinese food.

If you’re anything like me, you have cracked open more fortune cookies than you can count. But have you ever wondered where all those fortunes come from?

Turns out they all came from the mind of Donald Lau, former corporate banker who has served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Fortune Cookie Writer at Wonton Food, Inc. He has written enough fortunes for over 4 million cookies to have been churned out a day for the past 30 years.

But that’s all coming to an end, as he told Time.

“I have writer’s block. I used to write 100 a year, but I’ve only written two or three a month over the past year.”

That is some serious writer’s block. Though it’s a lot more than most people who claim to be writers actually write. It’s so bad he’s even spent the past half a year training his fortune cookie writing successor, James Wong.

“I passed the pen to him. It’s his responsibility now.”


[Image: Rick Harris]

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