Jonathan Safran Foer wrote two of the most zealously admired novels of recent years, Everything is Illuminated
and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
. But for his third book, the nonfiction Eating Animals
, the vegetarian and occasional vegan turned to longtime personal questions about his diet.
In a recent interview with TheYoungAndHungry.com, Foer deflected
questions about the new book but offered an outline of what we can
expect. He said the book makes “a pretty broad argument,” which began
as a personal narrative and eventually became “an argument for other
We imagine that means an anti-meat argument, and somewhere we
can already hear the tsk-tsk wrath of the anti-PC crowd. But as this
writer and others who have gone vegetarian without any overriding
reason can attest, questions about diet can be elusive, and the book
may help fill a void between outspoken advocates and ambivalent
Foer said he finally felt compelled to tackle the issue because he has
two young children, and before long he will have to explain diet
choices to them. Eating Animals is due out in November.
YouTube.com: An interview Jonathan Safran Foer
Google Books: Everything is Illuminated
Official site: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
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