Speaking of food, novelists and philosophers occasionally do just that.

Rameau's Niece
by Cathleen Schine (1989)

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"All around Margaret there were faces, more faces, smiling and laughing, their mouths opening and closing easily, in the formation of words, the mystery of conversation. Margaret wanted to cry. She tried to recall which Eastern European government had fallen that day. Was it really Romania? She wished she was at a dinner party in Romania, beneath the family's single 40-watt bulb, a spotty boiled potato on her plate. What a trivial person you are, Margaret, she thought. All the Romanians want to be here, where we're free. Free to be trivial."

Dinner parties are not easy.

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