Eat Fat by Richard Klein

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In this tour de force the author traces the older, positive meanings of the word "fat." He analyzes "the thing fat, " discussing not only the aesthetics of fat but also the nature of fat. He examines "fat sex, " including representations of the human body designed to arouse people whose taste in beauty is fat. And he explores "political fat, " i.e., the relation of fat to power.

About Richard Klein

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Richard Klein is the author of "Eat Fat" & "Cigarettes Are Sublime". A professor of French at Cornell University, he lives in Ithaca, New York.
Published January 1, 1997 by PICADOR. 247 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Cooking. Non-fiction

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A ``postmodern diet book,'' according to its unabashedly fat author, a professor of French at Cornell who does not simply accept fat, but loves it and finds it beautiful.

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He calls this fat-friendly meditation ""a postmodern diet book,"" and it is larded with playful, self-conscious irony, with literary allusions ranging from Shakespeare to Raymond Carver, as it tracks cycles of fat and thin worship, from prehistoric figurines of plump, fertile Venuses to svelte Ne...

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Klein points out that the more we idealize thinness, the fatter we get (according to the author, Americans have gotten 10 percent tubbier over the past 12 years).

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