Thursday, January 14, 2010

Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back

Life, Inc. is an excellent book dealing with the problems of money and corporatism. Not that I would have expected anything less from Douglas Rushkoff.

People, especially those that lack nuance, might think from reading the summary that this is going to be some "communist" screed or the like. Not the case at all.

Highly suggested reading for those interested in a peek behind the curtain.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Eating Animals

Eating Animals - what a great book. If you're vegetarian, vegan, or having second thoughts about being an omnivore, or even just thinking about reducing your meat interesting reflection on our weird relationship with animals.

My favorite takeaway was the question he poses of two hypothetical people ordering lunch, and asking which is really the more sentimental: the person who orders based on what he/she LIKES to eat, or the person that makes a choice of conscience?

Really lays bare the notion that veg*ns are the ones that are the (only) ones that appeal to emotions, or at least it did for me...I've never really bought into that notion anyway, but this sums it up nicely.

I've never read anything by the author before - I only saw the movie Everything is Illuminated - but I may have to look into reading more...

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