Jonathan Safran Foer

There is an overabundance of rational reasons to say no to factory-farmed meat: It is the No. 1 cause of global warming, it systematically forces tens of billions of animals to suffer in ways that would be illegal if they were dogs, it is a decisive factor in the development of swine and avian flus, and so on.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I see bad stuff on the street all the time that I don't do anything about. I do bad stuff myself all the time. The goal is not to somehow be perfect - that's silly, that's naive. The goal is to just recognize there are choices in front of us, and to try to make better ones.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I usually write away from home, in coffee shops, on trains, on planes, in friends' houses. I like places where there's stuff going on that you can lift your eyes, see something interesting, overhear a conversation.Jonathan Safran Foer

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When we talk about protecting our right to have guns, we are talking about protecting our right to shoot bullets. So what is it that's so important to shoot at?Jonathan Safran Foer

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It would be refreshing to have a politician try to defend guns without any reference to the Second Amendment, but on the merits of guns.Jonathan Safran Foer

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We eat as sons and daughters, as families, as communities, as generations, as nations, and increasingly as a globe. We can't stop our eating from radiating influence even if we want to.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Why do I write? It's not that I want people to think I am smart, or even that I am a good writer. I write because I want to end my loneliness.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I am an on-and-off vegetarian. Sometimes on, mostly off. I think it is better to be a vegetarian but occasionally, the call of the hot dog overpowers my ethics.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I want to talk about God in a literary way. But I think I would have a very hard time praying to God.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I often think about how my sons will come to know about September 11th. Something overheard? A newspaper image? In school? I would prefer that they learn about it from my wife and me, in a deliberate and safe way. But it's hard to imagine ever feeling ready to broach the subject without some impetus.Jonathan Safran Foer

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My wife and I have chosen to bring up our children as vegetarians. In another time or place, we might have made a different decision. But the realities of our present moment compelled us to make that choice.Jonathan Safran Foer

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When it comes to meat, change is almost always cast as an absolute. You are a vegetarian or you are not.Jonathan Safran Foer

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In America right now, we use words like 'smart' to talk about bombs. American rhetoric is grounded in ideas of capital-G Good, capital-E Evil, and it's very clear who is on which side. But in a book you can do just the opposite. You can use all lower-case words.Jonathan Safran Foer

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People don't care enough. They don't get worked up enough. They don't get angry enough. They don't get passionate enough. I'd rather somebody hate what I do than be indifferent to it.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.Jonathan Safran Foer

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My greatest fear is feeling like a professional novelist. Somebody who creates characters, who sits down and has pieces of paper taped to the wall - what's going to happen in this scene, or this act. What I like is for it to be a much more scary, sloppy reflection of who I am.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Is there really anyone, besides Rudy Giuliani, who prefers the new Times Square?Jonathan Safran Foer

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I see myself as someone who makes things. Definitions have never done anything but constrain.Jonathan Safran Foer

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When you read something you have written, you have to confront some of the lies you have been telling yourself.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Words are capable of making experience more vivid, and also of organizing it. They can scare us, and they can comfort us.Jonathan Safran Foer

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My children not only inspired me to reconsider what kind of eating animal I would be, but also shamed me into reconsideration.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Every factory-farmed animal is, as a practice, treated in ways that would be illegal if it were a dog or a cat.Jonathan Safran Foer

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I will never come around to the idea of an anthropomorphic God. I'm also uncomfortable with the word 'God'... I'm agnostic about the answer and I'm agnostic about the question.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Jews have a special relationship to books, and the Haggadah has been translated more widely, and reprinted more often, than any other Jewish book. It is not a work of history or philosophy, not a prayer book, user's manual, timeline, poem or palimpsest - and yet it is all these things.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Feeding my children is not like feeding myself: it matters more.Jonathan Safran Foer

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Food is not just what we put in our mouths to fill up; it is culture and identity. Reason plays some role in our decisions about food, but it's rarely driving the car.Jonathan Safran Foer

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People who care about animals tend to care about people. They don't care about animals to the exclusion of people. Caring is not a finite resource and, even more than that, it's like a muscle: the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.Jonathan Safran Foer

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There are two kinds of sculptures. There's the kind that subtracts: Michelangelo starts with a block of marble and chips away. And then there is the kind that adds, building with clay, piling it on. The way I write novels is to keep piling on and piling on and piling on.Jonathan Safran Foer

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The purpose of the Seder to my mind is to inspire conversations with your family about the human drama and hopefully transmit values to the next generation. I've always felt like this could be better.Jonathan Safran Foer

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There is a glaring reason that the necessary total ban on nontherapeutic use of antibiotics hasn't happened: The factory farm industry, allied with the pharmaceutical industry, has more power than public-health professionals.Jonathan Safran Foer

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