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Every time I pass a wriggling crustacean at the fishmongers' stand, I can't help think about the haunting philosophical questions posed by the recently departed David Foster Wallace in his brilliant reported essay Consider the Lobster, which first appeared in Gourmet magazine in 2004...
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Wallace spent several thousand words thoughtfully and painstakingly exploring the question of whether it is "all right to boil a sentient creature alive just for our gustatory pleasure?"

Where do you come down on the boiling crustaceans alive question? You may want to read Consider the Lobster on Gourmet.com before you answer.

Consider the Lobster: And Other Essays

- Kristin Hohenadel blogging from Paris. She can be reached at kristin @ apartmenttherapy . com