Winston Churchill, who was one of modern history´s great trenchermen, wrote at the turn of the 20th century. “It is well to remember that the stomach governs the world”.
Category Archives: LITERATURE
SLAUGHTERHOUSE, THE BOOKSHOP
This old butcher´s, which still has its counter and its hooks on the wall, was named after the novel Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegutl. This butchery bookshop calls us to film screenings, several workshops and its gourmet literary club . Continue reading
ANTONIO SANTIN: FLESH VERSUS MEAT II
Interview by Tom de Freston with Antonio Santin. Cambridge 2008. Continue reading
THE CINEMA AND THE PIG
EMMA THOMPSON´S PIG PREMIERE DATE
Emma Thompson had a fun accessory on the blue carpet of the new “Nanny McPhee” movie in London on March 23rd. Continue reading
THE FORME OF CURY: PYGGES IN SAWSE SAWGE
The Forme of Cury is one of the oldest known instructive cookery manuscripts in the English language. It is believed to have been written at the end of the fourteenth century by the master-cooks of Richard II (1377-1399). Continue reading
THE PIG THAT WANTS TO BE EATEN
Some of the most famous arguments and problems in philosophy are based around thought experiments. In The Pig That Wants to Be Eaten, Jullian Baggini has collected together 100 entertaining examples, 100 thought experiments: short scenarios which pose a problem in a vivid and concrete way, and invites the reader to think about possible answers for himself. Experiments cover identity, religion, art, ethics, language, knowledge and many more. Each thought experiment is set up in one or two paragraphs, in some cases with lirerary examples, followed by a few hundred words of thought-provoking discussion or even awkward questions.
From “Zeno´s Paradox” to “Groundhog Day”, via “The Pig that Wants to Be eaten” (so should you eat him?), “Plato´s Cave”, “Minority Report” (is it right to punish people for what thery are going to do, but haven´t yet done?), and an “American Werewolf in London” (how can we tell whether we are awake or dreaming?), this book makes philosophy not only mind-streching but also entertaining.
Baggini offers us some intriguing questions about morality, animal rights, culture, science, changes in eating habits…
This book is ideal for reading in a flight or long journey as it can be read in a couple of sittings.
JULY 7TH: SAN FERMIN
The Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for The Old Man and the Sea and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 went to the American writer Hernest Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) , representative of the so-called Lost Generation. Continue reading