Better Than Food

Because life is too short to read bullshit.


Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt

Every decade or so Cannibalism rises to the forefront of the public consciousness.

We’ve all heard the stories of Dahmer and Gein, the myriad films and novels based on their crimes, all pertaining to one of the longest held taboos in the West.

We’ve heard the horror stories of the Donner party, and last resort cases involving consumption of others (and sometimes self) just to survive.

What has not been discussed in great detail is the manner in which Cannibalism manifests itself in nature, the species who practice it, and the theory that maybe instead of a perverse aberration it’s actually a…

…Survival Mechanism (?!)

Bill Schutt, a professor of biology, believes this may be the case, and provides a feast composed of historical and scientific anecdotes to lead one to the conclusion that, not only is it perhaps natural, but those who would like to present a wholesome clean image of European history are ignoring the centuries of the medicinal consumption of human flesh.

Of course that which is natural is not necessarily ‘good’, and we are shown how quickly mankind turns from ‘good’ to ‘evil’.

How long does it take, you wonder? Easy.

The time it takes for you to become hungry.

A quote from the book –

‘Hunger hath no conscience.’ – Unknown Author.

Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima

The debut novel from a writer who wrote his own life more than any other.

In 1970, when he was 45, Mishima, along with members of his trained militia, staged a coup d’etat at a military base in Tokyo.

Mishima’s goal was to convince Japan to return to pre-war imperialism.

He was laughed at, mocked, scorned. He failed.

Then he committed seppuku, the traditional death of the samurai, by cutting his stomach open and having his second in command chop his head off.

Confessions of a Mask is a story about being an outsider in Japan, a young boy who realizes he’s gay, who fantasizes about warfare, death, sexual violence, and the bodies of young martyred men.

To some extent, we all must wear a mask, having to hide our true selves, diminish our desires to reach a state of functional normality.

Confessions of a Mask illuminates the tragic, obsessive, self loathing cycle of the intense desire to NOT be WHAT ONE IS.

Originally published in 1949, it’s timeless power hasn’t diminished in the slightest.

One of my favorites.