Open the Slaughterhouses

open-the-slaughterhouses“IN 1999, as a writer for The American Prospect, I went into a slaughterhouse undercover, with the help of some rebellious employees. The floor was slick with the residue of blood and suet, and the air smelled like iron. A part of my brain spent the whole time trying to remember which of Dante’s circles this scene most resembled.”  [. . .]    –Jedediah Purdy, The New York Times, April 8, 2013