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Steve Bodio, pp. 134-147
The author presents this essay as "an inquiry into meat" and even a "celebration of meat." Connections to food ethics and cultural diversity can be made. Trigger warning: the reading contains numerous graphic descriptions of hunting and preparing animals for consumption, as well as terminology and depictions that may offend.
Throughout, the narrator grapples with several paradoxes concerning vegetarianism, carnivores, "nature, eating, wild things, and culture," comparing various American attitudes about food and meat to other cultures. Read completely before assigning!
Charlotte Pyle, pp. 157-164
A story of two city dwellers who purchase a home to spend their summers in the deep south, gardening and enjoying a connection with nature. Their relaxed summer lifestyle is juxtaposed to the "mountain family" whose extended relatives dwell on the land all around them. Opportunities for discussions on wealth and poverty; family, neighbors, and community; using nature for restorative escape compared to living off the earth for generations; "city" portrayals of "country folk."