Wow- unless I’m missing the irony, or the book is significantly different from the excerpt published here, there is a new preposterous and reactionary book, “Eat this book” by Dominique Lestel, from Columbia University Press. From the preview, the logic is as skewed as a sword forced through a drunk Hephaestus’s forge, and the complete disregard for contemporary theory is astounding. Take this quote featured on CUP’s website: “Vegetarians systematically overlook the fact that eating meat has a fundamental significance and that it teaches us a lesson about humility in that it reminds us of the interdependence of all living beings.” Of all the lessons in humility, this is the weirdest! Hasn’t Tim Morton taught us to blur the boundaries between inside and outside, to realize we live in a mesh, and thus that to suggest that for a human to eat an animal reminds us of our interconnectedness is any different from a human eating, say, a handful of dirt, an old sock, or his neighbor, is ridiculous, for it simply reifies the human, re-asserts “Nature” rather than ecology. Indeed: I hope the author “eats his book” and feels a sense of interconnectedness. Then, there might be something to discuss.
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