Sorry, Brien

Re: “Key Ingredient: rabbit lungs,” by Julia Thiel, August 4

It was totally unpalatable to read the culinary abomination regarding a recipe for rabbits’ lungs. A progressive and environmentally conscious paper like the Reader should not promote the eating of meat. We can no longer inhumanely massacre animals for food. It’s very obvious that vegetarianism and veganism are now moral, spiritual, societal, environmental, and planetary imperatives. The flesh-food industries cause massive pollution, deforestation, water shortages, and irreparable damage to marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Eating animal flesh is an irreverent cultural tradition that must stop like so many others including whaling, bullfighting, cockfighting, dogfighting, hunting, trapping, and fishing. The merits of vegetarianism and veganism are evident in light of the millions of healthy Brahmins, Buddhists, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Jains who eschew flesh-foods. Man has dominion over the planet and it’s high time to liberate animals from continuing to experience hell on earth for unnecessary and gratuitous food, fashion, sport, and entertainment purposes. —Brien Comerford

Sorry, bros

Re: “Lollapalooza Survival Guide,” by Miles Raymer, August 4

The constant mockery of “bros” makes you guys seem really humorless. Whenever I read the word “bros” in publications like the Reader, I always mentally translate it as “guys having an unabashedly good time”—unlike those wielding the term, who I suppose revel in their own misery. It’s an outdoor music festival. It’s supposed to be fun. Quit judging other concertgoers and try to enjoy yourself. —nikkos

Let’s all hope you don’t get hit in the head by a wayward cup of Bud Light or get punched in a face for no reason by a bro at Lollapalooza this weekend. —plznr

Great article. The section on bros made me laugh out loud! I’ve been to 20+ festivals and Lolla is always one I try to avoid even though I live in Chicago. —JamFan