Fast Food Nation

21 Apr

Cow's Skull: Red, White, and Blue by Georgia O'Keefe (1931)

One the things that sets Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” apart from other investigative articles we’ve read is his poignant imagery, which often relies on big swings in cultural references, from low to high, pop-culture to modern art.

Take for example pg 484 on which he compares the electric blades the factory workers use to a Norelco television ad showing Santa Claus zooming around on a slick electric razor, followed farther down the page by a description of efficiency with which the electric knives pick the decapitated cow heads “as clean as the white skulls painted by Georgia O’Keefe.”

1970s Norelco ad

Here’s an interview with Eric Schlosser:


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