Monday, 27 March 2017
Eating And Killing (Or Vice Versa)
In the Bearkillers' embassy at Corvallis:
smoked salmon cooked in cream and dill;
crab stir-fried with scallions and ginger;
blue cheese with crackers;
The talk over the food is the familiar kind of discussion about the balance of forces and an imminent war - also how to flush out bandits. Casual killing of bandits seems a shame after the population has been reduced so drastically. However, the settled communities are thriving and reproducing. As the meal shows, there is plenty of wealth for bandits to steal. The crabs are brought inland by rail in saltwater tanks with the wheels working fans to circulate the water. Ingenious. And, of course, the sea is full of crabs. Former vegetarians eat meat - but not all have descended into cannibalism.