This is a story about life and death. It’s about a meal that has helped shape who I am today. This meal caused divides and rifts between loved ones while simultaneously cementing fraternal bonds and family dynamics. In my family’s micro-history of embarrassing moments, major spats, loving support, and only three average family holidays, I still recall this meal as a stand out. Not only has it gone down in familial folklore as a momentous, catastrophic and cathartic event, it’s been recited again and again — our very own rendition of a Homeric ode. This is a story about the time I choked on bacon while watching Milo and Otis.
— from ‘Bacon’, a Middlebrow column by Stephanie Van Schilt in The Lifted Brow #22. Get your copy now.