Every once in a while, when I’m doing random google searches on myself — “sarah hepola + sex machine,” “sarah hepola + spork” — I come across something very, very important. Usually it is a person saying that I suck, but not today. No, today, I discovered that my 10+ years as a journalist have not been in vain, because I am quoted on the BACON WIKIPEDIA PAGE, and if that doesn’t make your heart pound, then I just don’t know you anymore.
In a section called “Bacon mania” — yes, it’s actually a section on the Wikipedia entry, and coincidentally, was also the name of the 2008 piece I wrote — the crowd-sourcing crafters of Wikipedia have this to say:
Commentators explain this surging interest in bacon by reference to what they deem American cultural characteristics. Sarah Hepola, in a 2008 article in Salon.com, suggests a number of reasons, one of them that eating bacon in the modern, health-conscious world is an act of rebellion: “Loving bacon is like shoving a middle finger in the face of all that is healthy and holy while an unfiltered cigarette smolders between your lips.” She also suggests bacon is sexy (with a reference to Sarah Katherine Lewis’ book Sex and Bacon), kitsch, and funny. Hepola concludes by saying that “Bacon is American”: “Bacon is our national meat. The pig is not an elegant animal, but it is smart and resourceful and fated to wallow in mud. A scavenger. A real scrapper.”