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LGM Film Club, Part 76: Native Food

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On September 19, 2020
This 1945 Army training film about how soldiers should not eat “native foods” is both amusing and, well, racist. That Vienna sausages are supposed to be the safe food here is a bit disturbing, though it’s true enough that sanitation issues are real enough and most certainly were in the 1940s in a war zone. […]
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Sandwiches

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On June 10, 2020
The image above has been going around Twitter for a few days. So I spent some time today climbing Mt. Take and evaluating the state of the American sandwich and evaluating each of the sandwiches on the image. The basic thesis is that while at the very top, American sandwiches can be very good, the […]

The Moral Meats

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On May 21, 2020

Since we are talking a lot about meat right now, Jonathan Safran Foer argues that eating meat is terrible. I don’t really want to reference Foer because I dislike his writing so much. But at the

Food Shortages?

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On April 12, 2020

With the collapse of the entire world economy overnight, exports have plummeted, which means that at least for now, there is lots of meat in the United States. But that is not necessarily stable, espe

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Sure, I could write about impeachment and the decline of American democracy or climate change, or, God forbid, the Democratic primary. But I’ve been occupied with a far more interesting issue of late: Why is it that we refer to canned tuna as “tuna fish” when we don’t do that with any other kind of […]

The Taco Chronicles

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On August 14, 2019

I only got back from Mexico two weeks ago, but when I turned on Netflix last week looking for a different show, I saw something called The Taco Chronicles. Obviously I was going to check that out. Thi

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A Disqualifying Admission

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On July 28, 2019
I routinely dismiss trivial events such as debates. Total waste of time. But this, now this stuff matters. Buttigieg may have just lost California. Asked if he eats salsa mixed with ranch dressing, he said that while he is a “purist,” he will partake in the combo “under certain circumstances” if someone else has prepared. […]

On Authenticity

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On May 23, 2019

All “authenticity” actually means is white people feeling like they having a proper experience looking at other people. That this desire for authenticity–whether in food, music, clot

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