Seattle Has a Weird Legacy of Fasting

Naveena Shine thought our hunger might save us. Not even hunger—in her imagined future, we do not eat and we do not yearn to. Instead, she thought, we’d “live on light.” In her first video, posted on YouTube May 3, 2013, Shine sat in a small trailer in Redmond, nearly 20 miles east of Seattle. Her blue sweater matched her eyes. Ruddy cheeks, hair a silver bob. She looked too grandmotherly for her idea’s grim implications: “Death,” she acknowledged, in her English accent, “is usually the outcome of not eating.” But she’d heard stories that perhaps 40,000 people “presently live on light.”

Since there was no science to support this

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