By Adam Chandler, BA '05
Over the course of the past year, I’ve been asked a variation of this important question: “How did you become the preeminent scholar on fast food?” It’s a good question, a generous one, especially when the person asking isn’t also laughing at me.
The truth is that I don’t have a good answer. Were I to channel Marianne Williamson, I might dreamily suggest that we’re actually all fast-food experts. After all, in a given year, 96 percent of Americans eat fast food—more people in the United States eat fast food annually than use the internet—and 80 percent of Americans eat it monthly. Before the CDC had considerably bigger potatoes to fry, they issued a depressing report noting that, every single day, a little over one-third of the country eats fast food.