Monday, March 1st, 2010
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Smug Vegan Jonathan Safran Foer Has Lunch

Financial Times writer Emily Stokes recently had lunch with Jonathan Safran Foer at Gobo, a vegan restaurant on Sixth Ave. She seemed to find his personality as distasteful as their meal. His "Rejuvenate" juice, she writes, was "the color of manure." [FT]

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Bittersweet (#765)

Foer seems quite passive and colorless; there's nothing to react to except the smugness. Perhaps this is calculated. And perhaps he just needs to cook a fucking steak, because that seitan sounds disgusting.

brad (#1,678)

i waffle between pancakes of ambivalence. the top flapjack is a happy, buttery heaven where i think about food and it's glory. the nether griddle crepe is a crusty self-loathing baked good in which i hate food and think of it only as fuel.

i am conflicted, like a scone.

HiredGoons (#603)

Smug Vegan is redundant.

berthamason (#740)

JSF is a vegetarian, not vegan. If he were vegan he'd be harder not to take seriously. But not much.

The food at Gobo is fine, albeit unlikely to satisfy serious carnivores.

oudemia (#177)

I really like Gobo. And I know plenty of carnivores who like it fine, too. But perhaps they aren't serious. One imagines a "serious" carnivore to be one of those boy-men who won't eat vegetables.

Dickdogfood (#650)

That's the nice thing about being a vegetarian. You don't have to be neurotic.

It's amazing. It sounds like Foer didn't even bother to listen to the gist of what Stokes was arguing: most folks who go vegetarian out of moral or political concern still have to worry about the uneasy choices between small vs. industrial, local vs. not-local, and organic vs. pesticide-y time and time again.

I don't care what Foer or Stokes say, Gobo's fake meat is fucking tasty.

oudemia (#177)

I think most ethical vegetarians are just trying to suck less. They're pretty aware that it's pretty fucking hard — you know, as functioning humanoids in a first-world nation — stop sucking entirely. But folks are really quick to blast them for lack of perfection on that front in a way that makes them seem worse for even trying*. You know, like the way the press jumps down the throat of Democrats who are rich — OMG! He wants to give more money to the food stam program, but he WINDSURFS!!!
*Not saying you're doing that.

oudemia (#177)

ugh: +to, +p

berthamason (#740)

STRONGLY AGREE

bshep (#746)

Also, the triple washed greens with poo vs. the triple washed greens without poo.

HiredGoons (#603)

@Dickdogfood: I eat meat but humanely and locally raised – I love vegetarian food and fake meat (OMG Tempeh Bacon!) and eat very healthy.

I just hate ideology.

But yes "Gobo's fake meat is fucking tasty."

Kakapo (#2,312)

It was a close race, but I found Stokes to be the more smug and off-putting of the two.

LondonLee (#922)

But she hasn't published a flick book about 9/11

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