Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is an amazing read. While I don’t agree with many of his solutions, the terrible and largely unforeseen consequences of Fast Food and Big agriculture are brought to light (and it’s not just about health concerns). Like it or not, the fast food industry has changed the way we farm, eat, advertise and shop. Throughout the book Scholosser seems to be pushing for unions and more government regulations to solve these problems but in the end it’s about getting people to opt out on a large scale. It’s informative, gripping, disturbing and yet he also maintains a sense of humor- Investigative journalism at it’s best.
I’ve read her first book Frost in May last year and found her storytelling simple and completely engrossing. The second book, The Lost Traveller, is just as engaging and accessible as the first, the characters absorbing and writing clear. I am waiting for the heartbreak though. You sense a tragic tone from the onset.
I’m also reading (thoroughly skimming?) Nourishing Traditions, rereading Woods Etc., avoiding journaling and in denial about my lack of interest in Theodore Roethke’s poetry, despite my love for his poem the Root Cellar.
My husband’s nightstand, however, remains focused and avoids such disillusionments:
What’s on your nightstand this month?