“Our whole idea was to present [the vegan] lifestyle in an aspirational and modern way. We want to present it in a way that looks appealing, as opposed to deprivation-oriented.”
Rich Roll in “Vegans Go Glam” – NY Times 9.30.15
A while back I fired off this missive:
If you are breaking paradigms & challenging the status quo, you can’t be pissed when the mainstream fails to embrace you.
— richroll (@richroll) June 27, 2015
Admittedly, the tweet was inspired by a little low grade frustration at utterly failing to generate any mainstream national press interest whatsoever in our book The Plantpower Way, which had recently come out. A self-reminder that you can’t push buttons and expect a pat on the back.
Fast forward three months to today’s publication of Vegans Go Glam in The New York Times (The New York Times!) — a very large profile on our family and the growing vegan scene in Los Angeles and New York deftly penned by Jeff Gordinier. It’s a big article (like, really big) in perhaps the most respected mainstream publication on the planet (do I even need to say that?). It’s also an article that has kicked up some dust, generating lively discussion around the global water cooler. So much discussion in fact, Vegans Go Glam is the #1 most e-mailed story on the entire New York Times website today.
C’mon! Now, that is just insane.
So what does it all mean? That’s for you to decide, not me. But today Julie and I do our best to talk it all through — including practices for cultivating gratitude — on this latest installment of Ask Me Anything. A conversation that explores:
- what it’s like to have a huge story about you & your family in the New York Times
- cultivating tolerance beyond veganism
- restricting judgment of others & focusing on self; and
- how to get good at gratitude
Special thanks to “Jo” for today’s question, as well as everyone who submitted inquiries — keep ‘em coming!
I sincerely hope you enjoy the conversation.
Peace + Plants,
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Background, Context & Reference:
- NYTimes: Vegans Go Glam
- NYTimes: Vegans Go Glam: Reporter’s Notebook
- NYTimes: Vegan Mexican Cacao Brownies
- Julie’s music (aka SriMati) on CDBaby
- Julie’s Jai Release Meditation
- A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life* by Brian Grazer
- Finding Ultra* by Rich Roll
- The Plantpower Way* by Rich Roll & Julie Piatt
Production, music & sound design by Tyler Piatt. Additional production by Chris Swan. Graphic art by Shawn Patterson.
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