Too fast food

Fast Food NationI finished Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal last week. It describes the influence the fast food industry has on aspects of our society: food quality, labor laws, eating habits, animal production. It seems to be well researched and it’s easily digested (haha); I read it in less than a week. In his afterword added for the paperback edition, he defends critical reviews of the book when it was first released, noting that his critics have failed to point out any factual errors. His extensive Notes section details where he gets his facts, admiting he used his own opinion in many cases, but the notes don’t reference directly back to where he wrote about it earlier, making them difficult to appreciate. It would have been engaging if he formatted the notes as footnotes instead. I’ve read some reviews say you’ll want to become a vegetarian after reading it. That’s not the case with me, although I am more conscious about what I buy now.

I’ve never rated a book before and it’s about time I started, goddamn it. I have to come up with a rating system similar to games, though. I’m thinking ratings based on: Appearance – how attractive the book is with its cover and illustrations, whether it’s easy to read (font size, etc.); Style – is it like a text book (low rating) or informal and clear (high rating); Rereadable – whether it’s worth reading more than once; Literate – how well it’s written (grammar, spelling, etc.). Any suggestions?

Subtly Simpsons

This site provides quotes from The Simpsons that have subtle, witty references that a lot of people would miss. An example:

Mr. Burns always answers the phone by saying, "Hoy Hoy!" This is the word that Alexander Graham Bell suggested that we all say when we answer the phone. Bell resented Thomas Edison, who popularized the use of "Hello."

I heard The Simpsons is being made into a movie. I’m not excited about that.