Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My new favorite quote

(just BEGGING for a big, messy vegetable garden)
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This zinger comes from Michael Pollan; he is referring to the American obsession with perfectly mowed, meticulously tended yards of nothing but grass:
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“Lawns are nature purged of sex and death. No wonder Americans like them so much.”

12 comments:

PJ said...

Ilex (I love that you have a agri-nom),
Seeing this photo and quote made me think of Garden Story on PBS?Have you been watching it?

Rabbits' Guy said...

Hey .. great bunch of recent posts ... I was out of touch too awhile. Love the egg-plant ... who'lda thought since you never mentioned it.

Tomatoes will make it ... mine are still little green things!

That's MY lawn!!!! well, at least in a dream long ago!

ilex said...

PJ, I haven't seen garden story. But I'll seek it out.

Rabbit Saint, I know that's not your lawn. There are no buns on it. I saw on "Houseful" why you were out of touch. That looked like a fun, exhausting day.

d. moll, l.ac. said...

Boyfriend tore our his lawn long ago to plant vegetables, right now in the front we have some tomatoes and Ronde de Nice Squashes, Leeks go in for the winter in a few weeks.........

Melissa said...

HA! I love it!!!

FRITZ said...

Well. One has to admit that a roll in the grass is preferable to a roll in the hay.

So the purging of sex isn't entirely true.

Otherwise, yes! Kill the lawns! Make them bleed!

plantainpatch said...

Excellent quote! I really should get his book.

L.Bo Marie said...

I love the quote...

@ fritz... HAHAHAHAHA! too funny

Robbyn said...

Great quote~! Ah, if TVs were thrown away and there were no lawns, there would be drama enough right in our own front yards :)

I'm passing an award along to you from my site...your site is always a welcome stop..just love it!

Amanda said...

I just love that Michael Pollan. Reading Omnivore's Dilemma actually changed my life. He is just amazing.

PJ said...
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Kate said...

I could do with that lawn for extra vegeie space...A friend of my mothers was looking for a new house. She told the agent who was helping her find one that she only wanted one with a lawn tennis court....(what she didn't tell him was that was because she wanted to use it to keep chickens in !) Go granny!