Josephson tells the story of the chicken from all sides: the transformation of this popular bird from backyard scratcher to hyper-efficient industrial meat-product, as well as its history as an animal with endearing characteristics who can lay claim to being man’s best friend long before the dog reared its snout or the cat came in from the cold.
At the dawn of the digital age, solitude has taken on new meanings, as physical isolation and intense sociability have become possible as never before. With the advent of a so-called loneliness epidemic, a proper historical understanding of the natural human desire to disengage from the world is more important than ever.
“Who was Zygmunt Bauman? The late sociologist, known throughout the world for his path-breaking work on liquid modernity, had a biography. He was a Polish Jew, a soldier, a refugee. He had a whole life before Leeds. Izabela Wagner’s great achievement is to recover this other Bauman. This book will change the way we see Bauman, forever.”