Quotes for a Sunday

March 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm (books, Eloquence, Mystery fiction)

Michael Pollan, on the subject of nutritionism:

“Ideologies are ways of organizing large swaths of life and experience under a set of shared but unexamined assumptions. This quality makes an ideology particularly hard to see, at least while it’s still exerting its hold on your culture. A reigning ideology is a little like the weather–all pervasive and so virtually impossible to escape.”

food.jpg In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan

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From The Doomsters by Ross MacDonald:

“We passed a small-boat harbor, gleaming white on blue, and a long pier draped with fishermen. Everything was as pretty as a postcard. The trouble with you, I said to myself: you’re always turning over the postcards and reading the messages on the underside. Written in invisible ink, in blood, in tears, with a black border around them, with postage due, unsigned, or signed with a thumbprint.”

doomster.jpg The Doomsters, written in 1958, has been reissued by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. It exemplifies the way in which great crime fiction endures across decades.

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