Get ready for a side of “thoughtful texts” with your Chipotle burritos.
Starting Thursday, the fast-food chain is rolling out restaurant packaging featuring original essays by authors, actors and comedians, from Toni Morrison and Malcolm Gladwell to Sarah Silverman and Judd Apatow.
“Must a cup, or bag, suffer an existence that is limited to just one humble purpose, defined merely by its simple function?” Chipotle asks on the website of its “Cultivating Thought” author series.
“We live in a world of fewer bookstores, and fewer libraries, and more and more junk asking for our attention. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of a program that brings thoughtful texts, for free, to people with a few minutes to sit and think,” Foer says on Chipotle’s website.
The series is the latest effort from Chipotle to position itself as a fast-food company “that aims to change the way people think about and eat fast food,” this time, by “engaging customers with thought-provoking ideas and cultural issues.”
“What author can resist a captive audience? Reading a book is a big ask, but reading a cup is obviously a much smaller one. It’s a wonderful chance to share thoughts with people on a subject I care about,” said author Sheri Fink whose “two-minute case against limits” asks “do we really have the problem we think we have?”
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