Strong feelings of similarity-with-difference as I read these two fun interviews with John Lanchester! I have had a version of that conversation about eating octopus a number of times now - it's the only thing I don't eat on vaguely ethical grounds (in days of yore I found it extremely delicious, and grilled octopus really is my favorite food that I won't eat!) - it's not so much that it has a brain as that the brain is in the part that you eat....
(I also completely agree about the sublimity of Blood on the Tracks!)
The FT lunches with John Lanchester.
Lanchester's cultural highlights.
(My favorite song from that album.)