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Barent Fabritius, “The Slaughtered Pig” (1656), oil on canvas, 80 x 65 cm (click to enlarge) (Staatliche Museen, Berlin, image via Web Gallery of Art)

If we can now grow a hamburger in a test tube, as the New York Times reported on Tuesday, we will still be able to get to the meat of the matter?

“I have heard people eat most heartily of another man’s meat, that is, what they do not pay for.”

—William Wycherley, The Country Wife

“The method must be purest meat
. and no symbolic dressing,
actual visions & actual prisons”
. as seen then and now.

—Allen Ginsberg, “On Burrough’s Work”

“Old friendships are like meats served up repeatedly, cold, comfortless, and distasteful. The stomach turns against them.”

—William Hazlitt

be real, show organs, show blood, OH let me
be as a flower. Let ugliness arise without care
grow side by side with beauty. Oh twist
be real to me. Fly smoke! Meat-real, as nerves
Ion, FLAME, Muscle, not banners but bulks as
we are all “deer”
and move as beasts. Stalking in our forest
as these are speech words!

—Michael McClure, from “Dark Brown”

“It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.”

—Albert Einstein, referring to clothing.

“Anger’s my meat; I sup upon myself,
And so shall starve with feeding.”

—William Shakespeare, Coriolanus

“I’m a meathead. I can’t help it, man. You’ve got smart people and you’ve got dumb people.”

—Keanu Reeves

“When the old men do the fighting
And the young men all look on
And the young girls eat their mothers meat
From tubes of plasticon

Be wary of these my gentle friends
Of all the skins you breed
They have a tasty habit
They eat the hands that bleed”

—Mick Jagger, from “Memo from Turner”

“The only meat I eat is from animals I’ve killed myself.”

—Mark Zuckerberg

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