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The Monday morning after a long holiday weekend is always a downer. As an antidote, consider taking five minutes to read this : "Back to

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Worth a Read: Maira Kalman's "Back to the Land"

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The Monday morning after a long holiday weekend is always a downer. As an antidote, consider taking five minutes to read this: "Back to the Land," an opinion piece by Maira Kalman that ran in The New York Times on Thanksgiving day.

Kalman is a national treasure (for evidence see The Principles of Uncertainty, her illustrated version of Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, and her children's books about Max Stravinsky, poet, dreamer, and dog). Here, in simple photographs and words, she muses on Thanksgiving, our roots as an agrarian society, fast food, slow food, and equality. There are a few clichéd, cringe-worthy moments (she goes to California, Alice Waters cooks her the most astonishing egg, Chez Panisse, Michael Pollan, blah, blah, blah), but the takeaway, seen in the money quote below, is as politically charged as it is heartwarming:

"Can giant agribusiness shrink while true organic farms grow? Can the elitism of a farmers' market shift so that organic farms can be subsidized and that prices are reasonable for all people? That would be a democracy of healthy eating."

 
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