March 11, 2011


T. C. Boyle, When the Killings Done (New York: Viking, 2011) ("Significant. He might find it significant. Without thinking, he stuffed it in the back pocket f his jeans, and it wasn't until he was getting ready for bed that night that he discovered it there. Idly, he flipped it open, The title--Animal Rights--appeared at the top of the first page. Beneath it was a quote form Arthur Schopenhauer: 'The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee to morality.' There was not author listed, and aside form a copyright symbol at the bottom of the page, no publication data at all." Id. at 130-131. Food for thought. Also see Barbara Kingsolver, "Once on This Island," NYT Book Review, Sunday, 2/20/2011.).