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You get wind of a unique dining experience: a chef has had his own penis and testicles surgically removed and frozen. Now he is planning a special meal where he will serve them up to interested diners. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

There is no law against cannibalism in the country where this is taking place and you can afford it. Would you go?

What if a close friend or member of your family intended to go; would it change your relationship with them?

For this one, I’m going to experiment with opening up comments again. Let’s see how awful the spam gets.


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Sep. 26th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be interested, but the idea doesn't offend me -- long rocky mountain oysters? No problem. If an acquaintance went, it wouldn't change my relationship with them.
Sep. 26th, 2012 04:12 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'd be terribly interested. One of the reasons I have for looking for new dining experiences is to look for stuff I might like and want to prepare myself, and this appears to be even less repeatable than attending an endangered-species buffet.

I doubt I'd have any particular reaction to a friend wanting to go, unless upon their return they were expressing an unnatural obsession with repeating the dining experience.

Edited at 2012-09-26 04:13 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
It would seem so gimmicky and "LOOK HOW TRANSGRESSIVE!" that I'd be uninterested. People like that want attention, but it's not my job to be impressed with them.

All that aside, the reason I don't eat Rocky Mountain oysters is the same reason I don't do chicken hearts---food texture is VERY important to me, as much as taste, and I'll gag on something that has an unpleasant texture, even if the taste is fine. The rubberiness of chicken hearts, the texture of tongue or liver (or frankly, most organ meats that haven't been ground)---slimy oysters, uni---absolutely can't handle 'em. I imagine our hypothetical chef's main dish, unless sliced paper thin or somehow otherwise altered, would be similarly unpalatable for me.

ETA: If a friend did it, not my problem---my boyfriend loves liver AND tongue---unless they became tiresome about "OH MY GOD I ATE A GUY'S JUNK, YOU GUYS, LOOK HOW I AM BOTH SOPHISTICATED AND EDGY AND JADED!" in which case you've just got that kind of friend and need to reconsider the relationship.

Edited at 2012-09-26 05:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2012 06:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't.

I would think way less of them. This might not be illegal but, in my view, this is not unlike enabling a mentally ill person's self-maiming or enabling a suicidal person.

Way not cool, yo.
Sep. 26th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Didn't he get cited for indecent exposure? I do find that rather funny. But basically I am with megazver; there is something visiting-Bedlam-to-laugh-at-the-loonies about this.
Sep. 27th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
No, I have no interest in eating human flesh.

I mean, if I liked it, I wouldn't get to eat it again; if I didn't like it, I ate something I didn't like.

Also what others have said about maybe this being exploitative of the chef.

I don't know what I would think about someone else's choice to do it,as long as they disagreed with me about it being exploitative of the chef. If they felt it was helping the chef fulfill his dream and had good reasons for that belief, I probably wouldn't judge them.

If I was in a society where consuming bits of the dead was an important funerary custom, though, and it was made clear to me that the dead person's nearest and dearest really, really wanted me to join in, I probably would take the smallest serving compatible for politeness, because not hurting their feelings would be more important to me than not wanting to eat people.
Sep. 27th, 2012 11:55 am (UTC)
Here from La Marquise. I liked your books and I'm sorry that there won't be more. Have you tried looking for a UK publisher? They struck me as being the sort of thing that would do better there than in the US.

That is quite an interesting question. I don't think I would, and I would disapprove of my friends doing so as well. There is clearly something wrong with the chef, and one should not be aiding and abetting lunatics in their lunacy. What other kinds of self-harm might he go on to next if encouraged in this?

Also that sort of public event is very vulgar, like the Diner En Blanc, and no well-brought-up person would go anywhere near it.

Edited at 2012-09-27 11:56 am (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. Random House paid for world English rights, so they put the book out in the UK on their own.

And yeah, I agree with you about the meal. Ugh.
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  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:47
    Oh, yeah, excellent point.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 21:46
    Oh yeah. Like the lawyers who get obvious really venal criminals off because it makes their success rate look good. But those are not the ones I am referring to in meaning well. These guys are mixed…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 20:37
    This reminds me of the time my wife was injured and the insurance guy handling her case did everything possible to deny and stall the payment. We had to put her surgery on a credit card because this…
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:24
    The creepiest part is that some of them are actually well meaning.
  • 14 Jan 2019, 19:08
    Yeah. It's godawful what people will do when they have authority and no fear about using it.
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