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By Richard J. King

Except that it tastes scrumptious with butter, what are you aware concerning the knobbily-armoured, scarlet creature staring again at you out of your fancy dinner plate? From ocean to inventory pot, there are facets to each animal tale. for example, considering the fact that there are species of lobsters with no claws, how precisely do you outline a lobster? and the way did a pauper's nutrition rework right into a meal synonymous with a sumptuous splurge? to reply to those questions about behalf of lobster the animal is Richard J. King, a former fishmonger and advertisement lobsterman, who has chronicled the creature's lengthy common history.

Part of the Animal sequence, King's Lobster takes us on a trip in the course of the heritage, biology, and tradition of lobsters, together with the creature's financial and environmental prestige world wide. He describes the evolution of applied sciences to seize those creatures and addresses the ethics of boiling them alive. alongside the way in which, King additionally explores the salacious lobster palaces of the Nineteen Twenties, the animal's thousand-year prestige as an aphrodisiac, and the way the lobster has encouraged a variety of artists, writers, and thinkers together with Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Dalí, and Woody Allen.

Whether you must release lobsters from their grocery store tanks or crack open their claws, this ebook is a vital learn, describing the human connection to the lobster from his ocean domestic to the dinner desk.

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Land where—and’tis in Europe counted a reproach Where man asks questions for which man was made. Land without nobility, or wigs, or debt, No castles, no cathedrals, and no kings. Land of the forest. 1057/9781137301673 42 Media, Myth, and Society We do have great natural parks but we are no longer a “land of the forest” the way we were when we had a frontier. Emerson contrasted America with its “rejected fatherland” Europe and its nobility, hierarchies and ancient institutions as reflected in its kings, castles and cathedrals.

Is based on the myth of the Exodus; that of the Christian Communion on the myth of the last supper. 1057/9781137301673 36 Media, Myth, and Society slavery in Egypt; the Christian moral precept of meekness and mildness, on these traits attributed mythically to Jesus. (1972: 132–133) For Patai, as for Durkheim before him, it is ancient myths that shape contemporary religious practices, rituals and beliefs, for Jews and Christians and other religions as well.  (1972: 134) The interesting thing, Patai adds, is that thousands of years after these myths were created, large numbers of people still believe in them as “truths” and accept them and they are part of the official doctrine or Judaism and Christianity.

For many scholars, the genius of America is the way it has accepted millions of immigrants from all over the world and turned them, after a generation or two, into “real” Americans. I suggested earlier that the theme of “innocent” Americans confronting evil foreigners is a dominant motif in American mass-mediated or popular culture. We find this theme of innocence in many of our comic strips from the twenties and thirties up until today. The comic strip Li’l Abner is about a hillbilly named Abner from a small town called Dogpatch, who has adventures with urban villains, oddballs and evil characters of one sort or another.

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