The Nose: 'Food Porn,' Hillary Bites Back, & A Case Against Cats
The Nose rounds up the week in pop culture.
In the Satyricon by Petronius, I know, is that a pretentious opening or what? We read about the feast of Trimalchio. It's long, it's opulent, and precious.
It's a satire of the moires of the moment. But them, as we digest it, it's a little more than that. It's an Instagram of a moment in time. It's all about a monied class completely out of touch and, implicitly, about an empire grown top heavy with spoils.
Of course, today, Trimalchio is us. The people with smartphones feel some compulsion to snap pictures of the pretty meals set before them in expensive restaurants even as people outside are hungry and homeless.
Still, everybody should know about your sea urchin and crab pate, right?