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Fast Food Gets Literary: Jonathan Safran Foer Curates Writing For Chipotle Packaging

chipotlebagsYou might think that eating at Chipotle Mexican Grill is a little bit low brow. But they want to change that. The fast food chain is now featuring original essays written by influential writers on its restaurant packaging.

The author series is called “Cultivating Thought.” Jonathan Safran Foer curated the list of contributors. Participating writers will include:  Judd ApatowSheri FinkMalcolm GladwellBill HaderMichael LewisToni MorrisonSteve PinkerGeorge Saunders and Sarah Silverman. The pieces are all meant to be read in two minutes. The idea is to entertain people while they are scarfing down a burrito.

Here is an excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s Two-Minute Barn-Raising:

I grew up in Canada, in an area of Ontario where there is a large community of Old-Order Mennonites. “Old Orders,” as they are known, are a religious group who live as if the 20th century never happened. They avoid electricity, drive horses and buggies, leave school at 16, and bail hay by hand. They dress in plain black and white, with straw hats over clean-shaven faces, and when a neighbor’s barn burns down, they gather as a community to put it back up. When I was little, not long after we moved to Ontario, my father heard about a barn-raising down the road. He decided to join in.

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David Cross Gets Literary Support from Keith Olbermann

9780446579483_154X233.jpgEarlier this year, it seemed like publishers inked book deals with comedians on a daily basis. David Cross, the star of Mr. Show and Arrested Development will lead the pack, publishing his new book today: “I Drink For a Reason.”

Cross’ book will join a crowded field soon, as comedians like Sarah Silverman and Jerry Seinfeld have set off bidding wars between houses. Time Magazine caught up with the deadpan comedian in an interview this week, getting his thoughts on the Arrested Development film, his upcoming stand-up tour, and the book.

Here’s more about Cross’ blurb from news anchor and author Keith Olbermann: “That was my idea. I’m friends with Keith, I like him quite a bit. And as he says in the blurb, we disagree about things, but we have very interesting, good, educated conversations about stuff. And we’re in a fantasy baseball league together.”