It was a book of short essays by David, one being about him covering a lobster festival he was to promote, but came away reflecting on how barbaric cooking lobsters where, hence the title of the book.
David's title essay is summed up in this paragraph from the Wiki article on his book -
"Originally published in the August 2004 issue of Gourmet magazine, this review of the 2003 Maine Lobster Festival generated some controversy among the readers of the culinary magazine.
The essay is concerned with the ethics of boiling a creature alive in order to enhance the consumer's pleasure, including a discussion of lobster sensory neurons. "
When I went to find out more about this promising writer after buying his books I found out he had committed suicide in 2008, by hanging himself.
Temple of Fire Sync
|Consider the Crayfish, too?-)|
Maybe I should read my other Wallace books now?
"Found in ponds and creeks, Crayfish, the smaller, freshwater brother of Lobster, goes about His business eating small aquatic creatures.
Moving slowly, Crayfish is unconcerned because of His tail.
When threatened, Crayfish spreads the tail into a fan to form a broad blade.
By flipping His tail in water, Crayfish can propel Himself backwards quickly.
Going backwards, Crayfish faces the attacker waving His pincers.
Crayfish teaches: be careful, not so laid-back that you get caught and eaten."
Scott Alexander King in his book Animal Dreaming says the Crayfish is
"a potent symbol of productiveness, legend has it that the Crayfish helped Spirit in the re-creation of Mother Earth by bringing mud up from the depth of the Great Flood."
Crayfish's Wisdom Includes:
- Ease in Your Surroundings
- Harmony with Your Circumstances
- Learning to Observe
- My advice is to consider his work.
- David was a deep thinker.