Benjamin Lorr

Donna F...
1,253 books | 1,480 friends

Shawna ...
220 books | 228 friends

St. Mar...
531 books | 4,590 friends

Dazzakung
340 books | 46 friends

Paco Ma...
72 books | 174 friends

Alex Ha...
6 books | 145 friends

Danna S...
111 books | 107 friends

Jenni O...
0 books | 75 friends

More friends…

Benjamin Lorr

Goodreads Author


Born
Takoma Park, Maryland
Website

Member Since
August 2012


Average rating: 4.01 · 3,527 ratings · 548 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain,...

3.97 avg rating — 1,862 ratings — published 2012 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Secret Life of Grocerie...

4.05 avg rating — 1,666 ratings — published 2020 — 8 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating

* Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. To add more, click here.

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

Benjamin’s Recent Updates

Benjamin Lorr is now friends with Je'Free Y'But
The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr
"This book is equal parts fascinating and depressing. It delves into the supply chain of the grocery store from all angles. The book begins with the story of the founder of Trader Joe's. It's very exciting. Then the author lives with a truck driver fo" Read more of this review »
The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr
“I had watched organics and fair trade explode into billion-dollar industries. But it was hard to say the world was becoming a better place for the marginal spending. In fact, it felt like it was becoming a more insulated one. I kept thinking of the medieval practice of simony, where the wealthy could pay money to be released from their sins. The grocery store felt like it was becoming a smug secular update. The seals and certifications acting like some sort of moral shield, allowing those of us with disposable income to pay extra for our salvation, and forcing everyone else to deal with the fact that on top of being poor, they were tacitly agreeing to harm the earth, pollute their children via their lunch boxes, and exploit their fellow man each time they made a purchase.”
Benjamin Lorr
The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr
"This book was so good. And I apologize in advance if I've seen you over the past couple of days when it was all I was able to talk about.

Fascinating look into all aspects of the supermarket: the history of grocery stores, what it takes to bring a pro" Read more of this review »
The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr
"I picked up this book somewhat begrudgingly. It was a non-fiction book on an Important Topic, and I felt I should read it given the subject matter and that I patronize grocery stores more than any other business. And wow, was I surprised! It was much" Read more of this review »
743532
More of Benjamin's books…
“Treat people as if they are what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they can be.”
Benjamin Lorr, Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga

“I had watched organics and fair trade explode into billion-dollar industries. But it was hard to say the world was becoming a better place for the marginal spending. In fact, it felt like it was becoming a more insulated one. I kept thinking of the medieval practice of simony, where the wealthy could pay money to be released from their sins. The grocery store felt like it was becoming a smug secular update. The seals and certifications acting like some sort of moral shield, allowing those of us with disposable income to pay extra for our salvation, and forcing everyone else to deal with the fact that on top of being poor, they were tacitly agreeing to harm the earth, pollute their children via their lunch boxes, and exploit their fellow man each time they made a purchase.”
Benjamin Lorr, The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket

“If anything, this is a conspiracy of good intentions, convincing ourselves in circles that we are doing just enough not to require any uncomfortable action, replacing the terror of a gargantuan world with a feeling of control.”
Benjamin Lorr, The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket

“I had watched organics and fair trade explode into billion-dollar industries. But it was hard to say the world was becoming a better place for the marginal spending. In fact, it felt like it was becoming a more insulated one. I kept thinking of the medieval practice of simony, where the wealthy could pay money to be released from their sins. The grocery store felt like it was becoming a smug secular update. The seals and certifications acting like some sort of moral shield, allowing those of us with disposable income to pay extra for our salvation, and forcing everyone else to deal with the fact that on top of being poor, they were tacitly agreeing to harm the earth, pollute their children via their lunch boxes, and exploit their fellow man each time they made a purchase.”
Benjamin Lorr, The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the American Supermarket

743532 Core Conversations — 1272 members — last activity Mar 02, 2021 09:25AM
Columbia College alumni and friends, please join us as we revisit not only the Core Curriculum texts, but also the lively discussion and debate charac ...more



No comments have been added yet.