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James McWilliams

James McWilliams is the author of numerous books on food, agriculture, and animals, including The Modern Savage: Our Unthinking Decision to Eat Animals (Thomas Dunne, 2015) and Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown, 2009). His essays have appeared in Harper’s, the American Scholar, the Paris Review Daily, the New York Times Book Review, and the New Yorker online. He is the 2009 recipient of the Hiett Prize in the Humanities.


Both Everywhere and Somewhere

Fall 2021 | Essays

There are endless ways to lose your sense of place. A common one goes something like this: You call an Uber to get across town. You track the driver’s arrival on your phone and, once in the car, answer texts and watch a video on YouTube. You aren’t exactly disconnected—you’re attuned to some version of reality—but you’re oblivious to physical geography. You are not alone in this behavior