Consider the Lobster (Even if it is Treif)


We are a people of the book as much as we are a people of the fork, and no one – no one – in our generation was more gifted with words than David Foster Wallace, who died (of apparent suicide) this past Friday. Here, in memoriam, is a link to his beautiful, compassionate, soul-searching article on man’s relationship with food, “Consider the Lobster,” which gave rise to a same-titled collection of essays that are all worth reading.

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8 Responses to “Consider the Lobster (Even if it is Treif)”

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  2. Michael Croland Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I remember reading that article in 2004 and just being shocked at how insightful it was and how great it was that the piece was in Gourmet of all places. David Foster Wallace made the point — better than most can — that we need to consider animals’ pain and suffering rather than just blindly consuming them without any regard for their interests.

  3. Adam Says:

    Still in disbelief at the news of his death. The new year is less sweet.

  4. Jeff Yoskowitz Says:

    He was one of the most gifted writers of our generation. Thanks, Eric, for recognizing his contributions. His collection of essays blew me away last year when I read them and now I plan to reread them all.

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