Monday, January 16, 2012

Economics of communion wafers

A quite interesting piece on the history and current workings of the communion wafer industry.

The authors tries to pack more deep meaning into the narrative than it can really sustain. The truck driver carrying the corporate wafers may actually, on any given day, be a lot more spiritual than the nuns whose product competes with the corporate wafers, who may well be pissed off about cloister politics or distracted by their aging feet.

Perhaps there is a follow-on piece lamenting the fact that nearly all bibles are now printed on printing presses by industrial printers rather than being hand-copied by Irish monks? Think of all the jobs!

Via MR (I think)

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