Mmmm…badger

This is the second time this week that culinary uses of badger have been raised by The Telegraph.

Police have issued a public health warning after a respected surgeon revealed that he is feeding his family on roadkill.Dr Austin Hunt says he has turned animal carcasses found on the roadside into tasty, nutritious dishes including tenderloin of wild venison and badger balti.

“I opted to serve the badger in a curry sauce, persuading myself that no dangerous microbes could survive seven hours of slow casseroling with a ton of spices.

“In truth, the flesh resembled some dodgy meat substitute from a long-expired Army ration pack, and despite the lengthy cooking it remained tooth-breakingly tough.

Strange country.

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Publishing

Buzzfeed has articles? With complete sentences and paragraphs? And only two pictures? Who knew?

At any rate, this piece on conservative book publishing is worth a read. Nobody who actually read and understood Allan Bloom would regard him as a conservative in any sense of the term (least of all Bloom himself), unless all that’s required to be considered one is to write books that criticize or annoy certain leftists. As for The Closing of the American Mind itself, I doubt that very many people made it past the introduction. It’s a pretty heavy slog. Regarding the books mentioned that actually are “conservative” in the modern American political sense, what is the current American obsession with politicians churning out books as a prelude to running for the top job. Do politicians do that anywhere else? Not memoirs once they’ve moved on, but books as campaign props. How do they have time for that? It would be great to see that trend die.