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One Man's Meat by E.B. White
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Apr 30, 2012

it was amazing
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I think One Man's Meat, by E.B. White is fitting for me now. Written primarily during the years surrounding and during WWII, by E.B. White, of Charlotte's Web fame. All essays entries are pertinent today. To war or not to war. To live or not to live. City? Country? What is freedom?
What is the role of animals in humanizing homosapiens? How does the earth sustain human mental health?

White meets essay deadlings for The New York Times from his farm in Maine from 1938 to 1944. Return to the land movements in the 1960s and 21st are echos of his sincerity, frustration, and wonder as a novice farmer. White, however does not abandon society, but embraces education, technology (rail and auto), war, tourists (dudes), government (city hall), and family, in the essays.

Think "All Creatures Great and Small" with crop production in a setting close enough to reach NYC dentists and publishers. Not an escape from life but an escape to living.


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