Our digestive system is a pretty sweet chop shop. It takes input like fries or nuggets and smashes it into carbohydrates, fats and proteins – the stuff your body can repurpose as fuel for your muscles and building materials for your cells. Your body has its own system of in-situ resource utilization and makes use of whatever you feed it. I don’t think that’s the exact interpretation of whoever coined the phrase ‘You are what you eat’, but I think it might be close.

The same sort of thing is happening in your brain – it takes input from your personal experiences to synthesize and generate output. That’s why I find the required reading from Tom Sachs so helpful. I use all that content as cultural nourishment to help fill the gaps created by an existence in rural Australia.

Now I’ll admit, I’m as guilty as the next person, and do love a bit of trashy junk media. Scrolling through social media or watching Mark Wahlberg jump from a burning oil rig. But I also like to slow down and read a good book, because you are what you eat. And for me, that’s not just the food that nourishes my body but also the media that feeds my thoughts.

A photo of McNuggets meal Tom Sachs created out of Tiffany's packaging.

Photo: Tom Sachs

Originally written for the Sachsian Syndicate.

Previously: TGIM 14 - During the introduction, Tom will spin some vinyl or play something from his digital stash. In that opening minute you’ll see Tom absorb the music and dial into the zone.


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