opening it up with Common Lisp
Book review: Darwinia
Summer reading: Spin
the Omnivoire's Delimma
the Golem's Eye
I'll try to avoid the obvious food puns but Michael Pollan's the Omnivore's Dilemma is a rich dessert of elegant verbal treats, sweetened with thoughts both philosophical and political.
Pollan's four meals (the industrial, the agrarian, the organic and the gathered) clearly delineate some of our possible relationships with food; what's more, it's clear that the most common relationships are the worst for us and the health of our shared biosphere.
This lack of knowledge -- and indeed the (apparent) strong desire of the powers that be to deny knowledge, crush and impede the Freedom of Information Act, pretend that processed food is just like its real counterparts, distract us with (wonder) bread and circuses, and with fear -- is what worries me. I believe that people will do the right thing (most of the time, by and large) if they know what that thing is and if it's not too hard to do it and if doing it is visible and engenders positive feedback loops. Mass industrial capitalism does not support a human economy of scale.
Regardless of that, however, this is a great book and I enjoyed every minute of my reading!
Copyright -- Gary Warren King, 2004 - 2006