In this week's The New

In this week’s The New Yorker there is an excellent story about PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, and the activities that animal rights movment is tackling in whole or in part lately. I guess I didn’t quite realize how much of a kook Ms. Newkirk, with her will that features cannibalism and her absolute equation of pigs and boys, which I had thought was a joke. The timing is quite appropriate for Pavement lead singer Stephen Malkmus’ Pig Lib, which was released a few weeks ago and is quite a strong album. It’s not as sonically innovative as any Pavement (I highly recommend the recently remastered Slanted and Enchanted double album), but it does well on its own and has nicely executed awkward cover art.