What does compassion have to do with what we eat? Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated, makes the argument that the answer to this question does matter. At least he’s betting on it as compassion becomes the driving, emotionally-charged, life-changing force in his new book
When Novella Carpenter and boyfriend Bill move from Seattle to Oakland, they choose their apartment for its cast of eccentric neighbors and the empty lot behind the building. In short order, Novella has taken over the lot, not only with a garden of heirloom vegetables, but chickens, bees, and even pigs. Because she is essentially squatting on another’s property, she is very generous about allowing strangers to partake of the fruits of her labor, while waiting for bulldozers to clear her space for condominiums.