Man, oh man, is this ever an amazingly good book: The Vegetarian Myth. What is so compelling to me, as somewhat of a hack when it comes to writing, is that her writing is plain old damn good. It's really good. You can easily forget what you're reading because the enjoyment of the style, integration, honesty, and the personal bleeding that goes with every page is so captivating.
This is but the fist of likely a number of posts about this book. It is very important. Oh, did I mention that it's written by a 20-year [ex-] vegan? Yea, and her honesty about all of that -- her anguish in the clash between reality and her values -- is right there, exposed.
...And I'm only through chapter two. Well, see for yourself. Here's chapter one.
Well, my position on vegetarianism / veganism is well documented, this being the most recent.
I got wind of it via Dr. Mike Eades, and seeing that his recommendation was so strong, I had it 1-clicked to my Kindle by the third paragraph of his review.
The truth is also that life isn’t possible without death, that no matter what you eat, someone has to die to feed you.
That's her, and you will see that recognition of reality threaded throughout. In some ways, I have to say that her seeming radical egalitarian philosophy is as goofy as a football bat, but be patient. So far, what she's doing is using it to expose woeful vegetarian ignorance. I have not yet discovered if she's found reconciliation between her fundamental values of all life being just as important as all other life (with rights for microbes, I guess) and her recognition that lots of things have to die for everything to eat (even plants).
Fascinating journey, this. More to follow.
Update: Just learned that major portions of the book are online at Google Books.