Friday, January 4, 2008

Pleased to Meat Me

Posted By on Fri, Jan 4, 2008 at 11:18 AM

A couple weeks ago, I received a package from a friend in San Francisco, which included two items: a plush toy called "Cute Poo," roughly the shape of a pile of number two, and a magazine called Meatpaper—issue number one—which calls itself "Your journal of meat culture."

The enclosed note read: "One of these made me think of you, and the other is for [my seven-month-old son]. Guess which one is which."

At any rate, Meatpaper is more interesting than I thought it would be. It's about meat, but its editors distinguish themselves from other magazines about meat by saying: "Meatpaper is the only magazine about the idea of meat." (Emphasis mine.)

Which is to say that they consider meat from many angles. For example, alongside an article on "the new school of old-school butcher shops" there's an essay on whether kosher meat is ethical, which poses the question: "[I]f killing animals through schechita is less cruel than killing them by conventional means, wouldn't the least cruel path be not to kill them at all?"

There's also an essay about meat art that includes discussion of a dress made of lamb and a meat-themed poem (not written in a strict, ahem, meat-er). In this New York Times article, editor Amy Standen (a former vegetarian) says, “We find over and over again that bacon is the conversion meat.” Apparently the second issue poses the cannibalism question.

I called Davis-Kidd to see if they carry Meatpaper, but the person I spoke to said they don't. The magazine's website says it's carried at Barnes and Noble.

UPDATE: The two magazine articles are now linked to the online versions.

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