The Conversation: In a thankful mood today -- well, mostly
Columnist Tim Rutten would like to point how Thanksgiving is a most American holiday. Why? Because we're a country of people simultaneously thankful and unsatisfied.
Meanwhile, editorial cartoonist Jeff Danziger warns against talking politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Though his drawn-out scenario would be amusing to watch.
On the subject of turkey, and Turkey, John Bemelmans Marciano, author of "Toponymity: An Atlas of Words," sheds light on the history of the bird. "Is it really a coincidence that the main course of our national meal shares its name with a large Muslim country that stretches from Europe to the Caucasus?" he asks.
Novelist Diana Wagman is not so fond of the bird -- eating it at least. She has written a vegetarian's Thanksgiving lament.
Speaking of turkey, author Deborah Blum asks, "Why is the carcinogen still allowed in poultry feed?" Oy.
And finally, a Thanksgiving editorial: Before you dig in today, take a moment to remember what this holiday is all about. (No, not stuffing, football and pumpkin pie.) Tolerance, curiosity, shared appreciation for struggle.
-- Alexandra Le Tellier
Illustration credit: Bob Daly / For The Times