Was going to simply post this on Facebook (had already noted it on Twitter), but realized this is the kind of stuff I used to bring here. Back in those old days.
Anyway: I ran across this (via Twitter) this morning and want to make sure as many people as possible see it. The content is delightful and informative.
BUT: the Big Important Point here is one that I’ve hammered at here at the blog for a long time, and the one that drives all my work: It’s a perfect, and I do mean perfect, example of how academics, experts, intellectuals of all kinds (scientists, anthropologists, historians, whatever) can use new media to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience.
I just discovered that the entire text of the new book’s Introduction is up at Amazon — which means, hey, I can post it here, too. So, without further ado: The introduction to IN MEAT WE TRUST: AN UNEXPECTED HISTORY OF CARNIVORE AMERICA. (Complete, I might add, with some not-great photos of the a few pages of the book.) Continue reading
This in the NYT about booze, diplomacy, UN. And history (although the reporter didn’t mention that last).
. . . there is still a sort of residual 1950s, 1960s feel to the culture,” said Mr. Gowan, whose father was a diplomat. “You do sort of feel that you are sort of stuck in the past.”
I’d be sad to see this alcohol culture change. (*1) Seems more useful and fitting to sustain the Post-World-War-II spirit living in those hallways and meeting rooms.
History matters. It can saturate a space and make it live in ways that we otherwise might not notice.
*1: A fix? Introduce new and interesting beer and spirits — and hey! — Global diplomacy, rejuvenated. And for pennies relative to billions.