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Winter 2013

Issue 6

The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what's in Issue 6.


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Letter

On Food

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So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad.—Ecclesiastes, 8:15


 

Essays

My Job Search

By

“I feel like I’ve been broken up with,” I announced. “By my life.”


Socialism We Can Believe In

By

The problem was that neither Obama nor Occupy was able to give the idea of fraternity any real substance. For Obama, it seemed to imply campaign contributions; for Occupy, endless discussions.


Out with the New

By

I’ve had a feeling for several years now—the best way I can describe it is as a vague sense of cultural weightlessness, the impression that while there’s an overwhelming amount of high-quality art out there to enjoy, there’s also something terribly insubstantial about it, taken in sum.


A Plea for Human Food

By

It turns out that almost all of us are not eating food fit for humans.


 

Symposium

Imagination and Advocacy

By

When, in thinking about the ways in which humans and animals are natural creatures, we wax philosophical, we frequently assume that the natural world is ethically neutral.


Cave Trout

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Where is the moral line between humans’ studied tampering with animals, and all of the other ways species change each other?


Using Animals

By

Is there a way to bring eating into the field of ethics—to take not only the nomad and the horse as a model of moral relation, but also the eater and the eaten?


Children and Animals

By

As a child, I rooted for the Three Little Pigs as well as for Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, and I delighted in the company of Piglet. I also ate ham sandwiches for lunch.


On Killing Animals

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To say that a sentient being—any sentient being—is not harmed by death is most peculiar.


Getting Animals in View

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Many people find nothing odd about the sentence, “I live alone with a cat.”


 

Reviews

Further Evidence

By

11. Sometimes crime scene pictures can resemble nature photography, but without the presence of nature. Very often the scene is as near to a blank canvas as is possible without fading entirely into nothingness.


Rootabaga Country

By

If the Rootabaga Stories are exercises in nation-building, they also tear the nation apart.


Mad Men

By

Beneath its layers of vintage décor and television cliché, Mad Men is a story about history, and possibly the closest thing we have in the culture to a historical epic.


Burning Man

By

While watching a sunset from Pipe Dream, I talk to one guy who nonchalantly calls himself “very accustomed” to LSD. He tells me, “There’s Burner art you’ll never understand if you don’t take acid.