a quick book review.

being a vegetarian for 20 years, i was looking forward to Melanie Joy, PhD's book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows and her concept of carnism.

in the book she writes: "we don't see meat eating as we do vegetarianism-as a choice, based on a set of assumptions about animals, our world and ourselves. rather, we see it as a given, the "natural" thing to do. we eat animals without thinking about what we are doing and why because the belief system that underlies this behavior is invisible. this invisible belief system is what I call carnism."

unfortunately, i felt that the carnism concept wasn't examined in enough depth. granted, it is a short book, under 150 pages when you remove the resources and bibliography but much of the book is composed of descriptions of slaughterhouse practices and the suffering of animals. while I feel this is important to be aware of, it is not something that hasn't been covered by other books (Animal Liberation by Peter Singer) and movies (Food, Inc.).

i liked what she had to say about how society justifies the eating of meat through myths. she calls these myths the "3 N's of Justification"; that eating meat is Normal, Natural and Necessary. she discusses how "carnists" are able to continue eating meat through the objectification and abstraction of animals, hence blocking feelings of disgust triggered by empathizing with animal suffering.

overall, i think this is a valuable book, but not one that covers any new ground.

a great man.

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter."
Martin Luther King, Jr

speaking of things that matter...please help the people suffering in Haiti!


and don't forget the animals!

doodling around.

what good is a sunday if you can't doodle around?
more accurately, i made a promise to myself to do some sketching today.  i hesitate to say that i'm making a new years resolution in this regard as i don't want to jinx anything, but i really need to keep up my art.
it just always seems like there is something else to do...

pile up.

i got a librarything early reviewers book in the mail today; Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs and Wear Cows.  An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy, Ph.D.
(click here for a video promo of the book)
i am excited to read this; especially since it's the first early reviewers book i've been awarded in over six months.  the topic is timely considering that we just watched food, inc.
the only trouble is i have two other books in progress; one from the library (waiter rant) and one given as a christmas gift (armageddon in retrospect by kurt vonnegut).  after quite a few months of no reading (tsk, tsk) i had better get to it!

fourteen degrees.

 adam, crosbi and i took a quick snowshoe to inman pond. it looks like someone was here clearing the ice for fishing or skating perhaps?

i am feeling the itch to get some new snowshoes. mine are at least a decade old. i don't need a new pair but you know how that goes.

new years.


hope you all had a happy and safe new years eve!
we spent the night with friends.
first out to dinner at el mexicano then for drinks at the long horn at lake vanare.