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Jonathan Safran Foer science

Jonathan Safran Foer | science

We’ve made science experiments of ourselves and our children.

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Jonathan Safran Foer sad

Jonathan Safran Foer | sad

There’s never been a culture that wasn’t obsessed with food. The sort of sad thing is that our obsession is no longer with food, but with the price of food.

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Jonathan Safran Foer religion

Jonathan Safran Foer | religion

I’m interested in the kind of religion that makes life harder. I’m not so interested in the comforting kind of religion.

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Jonathan Safran Foer relationship

Jonathan Safran Foer | relationship

Just about every children’s book in my local bookstore has an animal for its hero. But then, only a few feet away in the cookbook section, just about every cookbook includes recipes for cooking animals. Is there a more illuminating illustration of our paradoxical relationship with the nonhuman world?

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Jonathan Safran Foer | relationship

Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. It is not a work of history or philosophy, not a prayer book, user’s manual, timeline, poem or palimpsest – and yet it is all these things.

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Jonathan Safran Foer power

Jonathan Safran Foer | power

We say no to lots of things that would please us. I would like to punch people every now and then, but I don’t. I would like to have something for free rather than pay for it. I would like to skip to the front of the line… I don’t mean to brush aside the taste of meat, which is a powerful attraction. But its power is not without limit.

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Jonathan Safran Foer power

Jonathan Safran Foer | power

There is a glaring reason that the necessary total ban on nontherapeutic use of antibiotics hasn’t happened: The factory farm industry, allied with the pharmaceutical industry, has more power than public-health professionals.

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Jonathan Safran Foer parenting

Jonathan Safran Foer | parenting

Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up, and you don’t want your kids to grow up. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it’s also a parent’s worst nightmare: That they won’t need you. It’s like the real tragedy of parenting.

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Jonathan Safran Foer learning

Jonathan Safran Foer | learning

I’m less worried about accomplishment – as younger people always can’t help but be – and more concerned with spending my time well, spending time with my family, and reading, learning things.

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Jonathan Safran Foer | home

I usually write away from home, in coffee shops, on trains, on planes, in friends’ houses. I like places where there’s stuff going on that you can lift your eyes, see something interesting, overhear a conversation.

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