Tomorrow's New York Times Magazine jumps the shark and provides its readers with a moral challenge: Justify your consumption of meat with a 600 word essay. Of course, the dice are loaded, and anyone who favors meat - either actively or passively - has a long row to hoe. Arguments like "everyone does ... More >>
Microcosm PublishingZinn FoerMilkshakes meet mind control, acid dropping, and American hegemony in Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow's new book, Edible Secrets: A Food Tour of Classified U.S. History, which makes the case that food and government conspiracy go hand in hand.
Spotted in Park Slope by Runnin' Scared friend @stvspl: a casting notice for "9-13 year-old Caucasian boys" to appear in the upcoming Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, a film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's 2005 novel about a nine-year-old boy's life in the aftermath of September 11t ... More >>
The New York Times Book Review for October 17, 2010 features Great House author Nicole Krauss on its cover. The book, her highly anticipated third novel and the follow-up to The History of Love, is reviewed by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in an article entitled "Hearts Full of Sorrow," teased ... More >>
A Master of Fine Arts in creative writing in America is a curious piece of paper, one that says something about the person holding it -- mostly, that they survived an MFA program without killing themselves, which apparently isn't easy -- and also, in some circles, acts as a certification that ... More >>
Eating Animals isn't so bad in Europe.Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals makes a great case for giving up meat. Or at least it does here in America, where industrial farming dominates. As the Wall Street Journal reports, publishers of the U.K. edition of the bestselling book were forced to ... More >>
Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer got a fair shake on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed infertile turkeys and the proliferation of tainted meat -- that is, until Colbert broke out a plate of bacon and offered his guest a piece. A mildly ruffled Safran Foer took it in strid ... More >>
Being New York's most recognizable bald vegan just wasn't enough for Moby, who's now added "anthology editor" to his list of accomplishments. The musician and Teany co-founder has just edited (with Miyun Park) Gristle, a collection of essays about meat.
Jason Perlow/Hamburger AmericaJosh Ozersky and friend. Last Friday morning on the windswept tundra that was Soho, one half expected to encounter a pack of wolves trundling down Spring Street. Instead, a larger, equally hungry apparition materialized in the mercifully insulated confines of Bal ... More >>
14 must-haves for your holiday spread include Murray's Cheese's artisanal charcuterie and cheese board, Steve's Meat Market's smoked ham, Sahadi's olives, nuts, and dried fruit; and Moishe's Bake Shop's jelly doughnuts, mixed rugelach, babka, and Hanukkah cookies. [NY Daily News] Hotel Grif ... More >>
Family Guy may be addressing the renewed interest in vegetarianism, sparked by books like Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals, but The Simpsons are onto another trend: moonshine!
When Natalie Portman compared eating meat to rape in her Huffington Post account of how reading Eating Animals transformed her from a vegetarian to a staunch vegan, she may have been missing the point. The book, many agree, is less about shunning meat and more about shunning industrially farm ... More >>
Planning to tuck into a nice, fat turkey this Thanksgiving? What are you, sick? Turkeys are your animal companions. Repent of your carnivorism in the traditional way -- with celebrities! On November 22, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Russell Simmons will host "Celebration FOR The Turkeys" ... More >>
The Def Jam co-founder will host a Celebration FOR the Turkeys (i.e., not AGAINST) on Sunday, November 22, accompanied by like-minded blowhards Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. Jonathan Safran Foer, a/k/a the guy who ruined Thanksgiving for thousands of families this year with his new Eating Ani ... More >>
Books like Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals and the Michael Pollan oeuvre aren't just turning vegetarian starlets into hardcore vegans. Their message of the evils of factory farming may also be reaching mainstream television audiences across the country via such innocuous shows as FOX's foren ... More >>
Costco will start accepting food stamps nationally after it started to accept them in New York earlier this year. The program should be operational in half the company's 407 warehouse-style stores by Thanksgiving, according to company officials. [NY Times] Small corner grocery stores in Newa ... More >>
Bravo Things got off to a brisk start this week, with Mike sharpening his knives at the Top Chef ranch and Jen castigating herself for her previous televised culinary blunders. In the Quickfire kitchen, Padma and One of the Top Italian Chefs in the Country Paul Bartolotta told the chefs to ... More >>
A new study reveals that the brain responds to junk food the same way it does to heroin. According to researchers, "this is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neurobiological underpinnings." [Grist] Meanwhile, Paul Rudnick, the author of I ... More >>
It isn't everyday that we find ourselves nodding over a vegetarian screed, but Jonathan Safran Foer's Against Meat in this weekend's New York Times Magazine is an uncommonly honest piece of writing. Most importantly, Safran Foer acknowledges the cultural loss that results from giving up meat--and th ... More >>
lrargerich/flickrTo the list of descriptors commonly attached to Jonathan Safran Foer's name -- novelist, wunderkind, "corrupt and debased" -- we can now add conflicted omnivore. That's the driving theme of his new book, Eating Animals, a copy of which just arrived at FiTR HQ. Foer's book, ac ... More >>
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