NEW JERSEY: Moonbeam McSwine's Fate

With creams, unguents, sprays, scented waters, chlorophyll tablets and electronically-treated toilet tissues, the U.S. relentlessly wars on the odors of nature. This preoccupation with the olfactible has made social outcasts of millions who are, in the language of the ads, not dainty, including Li'l Abner's Moonbeam McSwine. The latest victim is a town—probably at the moment the most deeply disgraced town in the U.S. For, like Moonbeam McSwine, Secaucus, N.J. (pop. 9,750 people and 75,000 pigs) has B.O.

Do Horses Smell Better? Secaucus, at the heart of a vast trash-filled marsh known, euphemistically, as the Meadows, is bounded by the...

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