Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Consider the Lobster




Consider the Lobster
, David Foster Wallace's latest essay book is brilliant as usual. This guy is so incredibly talented....while his fiction sometimes becomes a little too much like work for me, his essays are always funny and enlightening. The whole subtext of this main essay is whether or not animals feel pain, how they feel pain, how much pain is considered true pain, and finally what moral, ethical, or otherwise carnivore-related questions do we raise at the Maine Lobster Festival- the largest mass-boiling of live creatures event known to man.

So the author (a self-descibed meat eater hoping to find out that it's really OK to eat this sweet lobster meat) visits this festival and forrays into long detailed ruminations about the biology of the brain and nervous system and the philosophy of pain.

More importantly, he asks the reader a complicated question: If you eat meat, but you whince at the thought or discussion of how your meat got to your table, why do you whince? It's one thing to know the process and be at peace with it.

It's quite another to know the process, not be at peace with it, and still want the meat. This is the fundamental paradox of our nature as human carnivores.

Now, I would like to discuss this more, but I have a date with a yummy bowl of sushi.....



3 Comments:

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That picture cracks me up.
tb

 
At 10:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That poor kid he is already undergoing LTM or “Lobster Transfiguration Mutation”. This is a result of over consuming lobster that has undergone irradiation for “safe consumption”. HA! Safe! Mutated shellfish, seas are rising and the ozone is disappearing. I am moving to the moon.

br

 
At 7:53 AM, Blogger christopher rowell said...

"LTM"...that's great. There's a 1950's sci-fi horror pic somewhere in there...

 

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