The Rarest of Senses

Monique Truong, courtesy of the author.

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The Rarest of Senses

by Monique Truong
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 2: Inside/Outside

"We cannot understand the power and the meaning of food until we understand hunger."

We cannot understand the power and the meaning of food until we understand hunger. Hunger at its most basic is the lack of food, and therefore a body’s need and craving for food.

If we are very lucky in this world, we feel hunger as a minor physical discomfort that can be readily sated: a sandwich to go, a bag of chips from a vending machine, a cup of soup in the microwave.

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