» February 8th, 2014


Just a quick note to thank you for your patience as I finish a 6,000-word piece tentatively called “Loving Animals to Death: How The Food Movement Cooks its Own Goose.” It’s for a big publication and it’s due to my editor in the next few days. Been working round the clock on it. I plan to be back at The Pitchfork by Thursday, flush with fresh material. Meantime, be well.


12 Responses to Deadline

  1. John T. Maher says:

    Good luck with that. Steve Best’s new ‘Total Revolution’ includes something like that discussion where he talks about the need for coalition building among the Left instead of single issue advocacy such as veganismor the food movement. I agree the Food Movement has indeed cooked its own canard. By inflicting “love” on animals, and it is not clear which sorts of Aristotelian love are intended but I can envision several scenarios, humans sentimentalize and trivialize the issue of animal instrumentality. Off to the Union Square farmer market although consumer choice is by no means the point!

    If anyone has a source for purple Peruvian fingerling potato spudlings please post it as I want to experiment with some. Maybe Mountain has a few in his shed.

    • James says:

      Just don’t love your spuds in an Aristotelian manner! Will look for Steve Best’s book, although videos of the man make me nervous. He froths.

      • John T. Maher says:

        Doubt I could outdo the epic and evocative description of pumpkin sex confessed to the bishop by Roberto Begnini’s character in ‘Night on Earth’ but my point concerns the damage humans do to critters through their self-referential, objectifying and possessory different concepts of love. I am more of a rhizomatic dude anyway.

        Not to get defensive here, but there is commonality between your work and Best’s, which should be expanded upon and bridges built, and I say whatever you think of Best’s persona he is passionate about the exigent circumstances of ecocide and the imperative against it and does not shy away from the tough issues. We need that and the best of The Pitchfork tries to do something similar. Maybe it is more of a disciplinary divide between history and philo/Critical Theory although I never understood Plato’s point in The Sophist where he claimed that the duty of a philosopher was to be polite. I say it is the opposite.

        I want to grow spuds.

    • Ellen K says:

      Hi John,
      I just checked with the organic farm here in Concord MA where I buy almost all our produce I don’t grow, and they can part with a small amount (what quantity do you have in mind?)
      Otherwise, the farmer suggests either Moose Tubers or The Maine Potato Lady.
      aristotelian hierarchies probably don’t help human version of love re animals, not to mention erroneous presumption of reciprocity/mutuality? will have to scrape rust off memory of 5th form intro religion/philosophy from over 30 yrs ago….

  2. Les Roberts says:

    I eagerly await all your posts, and am most excited about a 6,000 piece of yours to be published. We all do what we can—but you do so MUCH more. Thank you.

  3. Caroline RH says:

    Of course we miss your comments, but it’s for a GREAT cause!

  4. Elaine Livesey-Fassel says:

    YOU are forgiven! I’ll REREAD some of your many many wise words! ONWARD!!!!

  5. Mountain says:

    Sorry to turnip the pressure on you like that. Didn’t realize you had a deadline to beet. Lettuce begin anew.

  6. Ellen K says:

    Nice timing on the upcoming article: just saw an alert to “Slow Meat 2014″
    Event “highlights” include an “artistic, narrated bison breakdown.”
    deep, dark sigh…

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