“Be Good to Ira Glass”: And Other Thoughts Regarding Friday’s Times Op-Ed
April 16, 2012 10 Comments
Many readers forget this point, but the purpose of an op-ed is not to hand down The Truth from on-high, it’s to provoke. What else can one do in a thousand words on a topic requiring volumes to fully explicate? An op-ed that does not provoke is an op-ed that’s failed. By this standard, I’m pleased with the dialogue sparked by my New York Times piece, published last Friday.
This one says I simplify, to which I say, of course I do (it’s 1000 words!): http://fromanimaltomeat.com/2012/04/16/mcwilliams-enfant-terrible-and-radical-oversimplifier/
I almost choked on my tabouli when I read that Grist’s Tom Laskaway sort of agreed with me: http://grist.org/food-safety/where-the-whole-animal-meets-pink-slime/
This one from vegan.com predicts that Joel Salatin’s going to freak: http://vegan.com/blog/2012/04/12/james-mcwilliams-the-myth-of-sustainable-meat/
And Joel Salatin freaks: http://on.fb.me/HF6I2C.
Oh, but whenever I’m feeling beaten down there will always be this clip of Ira Glass on Letterman to cheer me up, sent by a reader of the blog: http://youtu.be/gP02yahsoCw. WATCH UNTIL THE END. The punch line will blow you away.
Be good to Ira Glass (and Karen Davis).