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#rodeoaustin – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Thirteen Entry Two)

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And then there’s the part of me that just can’t leave it at face value and has to go and add something that needn’t be added. As a person who lives on a plant-based diet, and who sees the wilful disregard and/or exploitation and/or consumption of animals as being a ‘fault’ of many a human being, there’s a strange feeling associated with going to the rodeo and enjoying the spectacle of it, whilst wondering just how much does that steer like having it’s neck and legs roped before being pinned to the ground, or does the bull/horse/sheep like having people strapped to its back. I just kept thinking: what would PETA make of all this?

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#rodeoaustin – another collection of personal musings whilst conducting research of the #davidfosterwallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center, UT, Austin, TX (Day Thirteen)

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The rodeo. What a very alien thing to see when you’re from the UK. In equal measure it is also quite exciting, and done in a way that I imagine can only be done by Americans. I’m led to believe that the cowboys we all think we know from TV and movies are largely a fallacy (but happy to be corrected by those in the know). What I saw today was an exhibition of great skill, and the thing that stood out in my mind was a comment from the announcer that the Austin Rodeo is a not-for-profit organization, with great emphasis on education and creating opportunities for youngsters. The whole event seemed to be populated by people who were doing what they were doing just because they love it, and that’s quite a nice thing to see.


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