On Zoos: The Curious Case of the Dissected Danish Camel-Leopard

Part One of a Three-Part Series “On Zoos”  “Here, thou incestuous, murderous, damnèd Dane…”  —William Shakespeare One month ago, the entire world froze in its tracks agog.  For once, it had nothing to do with some teenager’s twerking buttocks. The subject—victim—was a two-year-old giraffe named Marius. With just a bolt gun and a heavy duty […]

Gun of the Hand, Leopard of the Snow

“This gun of the hand is for the taking of human life.  We believe it is wrong to take the life; that is only for God.” When I search my memory banks for the origins of my quasi-pacifism, the above quote from the 1985 Harrison Ford film Witness always springs to mind. I confess:  I […]

Sharkocalypse Now

Welcome to environmental Guernica.  Here be waters teeming with sharks and discursive thoughts.  And worse:  Homo sapiens and their deadly opposable thumbs.  Swim at your own risk. … Shark Week is over.  Wasn’t that nice?  Let us return to our regularly scheduled destruction of our Little Blue Planet. … In 2011, ‘sharkologist’ Christopher Neff suggested […]