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The Meat Diaries

The Meat Diaries, an interactive memoir, is digitized for the first time. Nickolas Butler, author of The Hearts of Men and Shotgun Lovesongs, embraced our calm interrogation about his eight-month stint working inside an Oscar Mayer meatpacking facility in Madison, Wisconsin, which just this spring shut down after over 100 years of operation, leaving the state stunned, the city mournful, and the neighborhood that grew up around it wondering about the future. Over the course of a year, we exchanged emails with Nick, but also recorded hours of phone conversations, learning not just about his experience as a meatpacker in 2003-2004, but also how it felt to revisit those memories 13 years later. In this three-part series, you'll find curated selections of diary pages intermixed with conversation. But should you wish to survey his words on your own — unfiltered and in chronological order — there's a spread at the bottom of each showcase with the full contents of the diaries. At present, only Meat Diary #1 is fully-available. Click the cover below to enter and enjoy the nine portals to the past: