Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Saul Bellow on chicken farms

From Seize the Day:
Wilhem had a queer feeling about the chicken industry, that it was sinister. On the road, he frequently passed chicken farms. Those big, rambling, wooden buildings out in the neglected fields; they were like prisons. The lights burned all night in them to cheat the poor hens into laying. Then the slaughter. Pile all the coops of the slaughtered on end, and in one week they'd go higher than Mount Everest or Mount Serenity. The blood filling the Gulf of Mexico. The chicken shit, acid, burning the earth.

"Saul, we like it, but we're thinking more something for the kids. Like a cartoon. Or, what is it – claymation..."

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