• Jeremy van Bedijk

“It should be stated right up front that the Midwest, with its rich culture, stark natural beauty and superlative decency, quickly defies stereotypes,” A.G. Sulzberger wrote yesterday in the New York Times, which recently transferred him to its Kansas City bureau, whereupon he discovered: it’s hard out there for a vegetarian. This sentence is a puzzle—“decency” being, if nothing else, a sturdy stereotype of midwesterners, which they/we might more effectively “defy” by acting like total assholes—as is the whole article. “Meatless in the Midwest: A Tale of Survival” details Sulzberger’s struggles finding meatless food in meatful Missouri.

A few things: