Jonathan Safran Foer–the 32-year-old author acclaimed for his novels “Everything Is Illuminated” and “Extremely Loud,” he’s now penned a non-fiction book, “Eating Animals,” which just in its first week out has already generated tremendous attention, discussion and coverage across all forms of media and the blogosphere–discusses the struggle with ambivalence for much of his life over eating meat that launched him on the journey that forms the core of the book.
He talks about how he came to widen out the book beyond a memoir into a colorful mosaic of voices and viewpoints (addressing, for instance, the striking juxtaposition of essays by PETA VP Bruce Friedrich and Bill Niman, formerly of Niman Ranch), the farmer Frank Reese emerging from the book as both a singular figure and its hero, what will be served/eaten at Foer’s house this Thanksgiving, and more [www.EatingAnimals.com]
Mitch Hedberg’s “Koalas” (snippet) (www.MitchHedberg.net)
MUSIC: Ike Quebec’s “Buzzard Lope,” Consolidated’s “The Sexual Politics Of Meat,” instrumentals
NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk”
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