Fish and Superfish

Still Life with Goldfish, 1972, Roy Lichtenstein. Dalrymple writes of enslaved aquatic animals: ‘What about the goldfish? Are not bowls their cages? Why should it be wrong to keep robins captive, but right to enslave goldfish? Their colour? What has that to do with it? As Nietzsche would have said (had he been a goldfish), better a day as a Superfish than a lifetime of safety, subsisting merely on the infantilising pity of an owner and a daily pinch of fish food.’

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