More and more, we appear to be a nation of overfed clowns living in a hostile cartoon environment.
—JAMES HOWARD KUNSTLER,
THE GEOGRAPHY OF NOWHERE:
THE RISE AND DECLINE OF AMERICA'S MAN-MADE LANDSCAPE
It's impossible to make sense of the disordered American way of eating without looking at what's happening to the rest of the American way of life.
In a Time magazine essay that seeks to capture the zeitgeist of the nineties, Robert Wright laments:
Whether burdened by an overwhelming flurry of daily commitments or stifled by a sense of social isolation (or oddly, both), whether mired for hours in a sense of life's pointlessness or beset for days by unresolved anxiety; whether deprived by long work‐ weeks from quality time with offspring or drowning in quantity time with them—whatever the source of