a blog with cultural bulimia.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

The Way We Live Now.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

Let the Fur Fly
"At the risk of drawing ire, I would like to suggest that there is something profoundly awry about the way our culture treats pets. (...) how did creatures once relegated to the basement and the back porch, expected to earn their keep as retrievers and ratters, ascend to their current prima-donna status? Why is moneyed America throwing its discretionary income in the dog bowl, gussying up its dogs and cats and stuffing their yaps with delicacies as they perch on upholstered pillows as if they were temperamental Egyptian deities? Perhaps these pampered beings offer us spiritual cleansing, a way of absolving ourselves from the guilt of living high while others starve by sharing our good fortune with mammals less powerful than ourselves. Then again, who -- no matter how rich or celebrated -- isn't in the market for unconditional love, even if it comes by way of a pooch or kitty that can't tell a joke or remind you to take your keys?"