If the complaint about porn is that women are treated like meat, then the problem with UM/UM [unattractive men/unattractive meat] television is that meat is treated like meat.
Anyway, worth a look.
(I wonder too what old CTY makes of this oldish Harper’s piece on “The Food Network at the frontiers of pornography”?)
I was camping in the Sierras this weekend with a Crude Futurist who told a story (can’t remember the provenance) of a Brooklyn-raised African American man talking about his experience of Election Night 2008 in Fort Greene: [I’m paraphrasing] All the white people who moved to this neighborhood showed for the first time that they actually cared about something other than food.
(no violence meant here to Meatpaper or Plebiscite. I’m just laterally riffing. I care about food, too, and think it’s important. But the quote from the Ft. Greener still struck me as a tidy damnation of my entire existence. Literature is just as pointless as food, art, the rest. Sex, death, drugs, commerce, Internet, everything else. It’s important to care about something other than food, but it’s also possible to study and write about food without wasting your time. Same goes for noun declensions of dead languages, and the craft of sock puppetry. It’s interesting, actually, maybe, how “POLITICS” can make any/every-thing else seem pointless by comparison. And there’s of course a difference between the mindless chichi consumption (of consumption) going on in Ft. Greene vs. the relatively political analysis of food, “food politics,” etc, going on in, say, Meatpaper. I’m not trying to imply that dude was damning hilarious smart articles about Food TV — I don’t think he was — he was damning people who move to your neighborhood and are food-obsessed yuppies. These are separate issues that got connected through my free-associative bloggy style. I love you guys. Chris hey help me for I have written myself into a lazy corner and I can’t get out and I am going to post this before I delete it.
- apolitical art
- political art
- is there any sort of sense that one is “better” or “worse” than the other
- “food politics”
- Pollan v. Wallace
- Reichl v. Ying
- the imperative for people to be engaged in the communities they live in
- the importance of cynicism
- the destructiveness of getting stuck in a cynical mode
- yuppies/gentrification/blinkered existences amid “suffering”
- accidental yet inexusable condescension
- desire (sex, food)
- etc (drugs, babies)
- discipline (martial arts, Yaddo)
- knowledge (the library of congress, obama’s e-mail newsletters)
- selflessness, generosity (dude)
- community service with and without condescension
- gluttony, selfishness
- shellfishness, spumoniïsm