inkwell.vue.392 : The Writings of Susan McCarthy
permalink #101 of 124: For Rosetti, wombats held a peculiar fascination (loris) Sat 25 Sep 10 10:12
    
yeah the wild lbams have the vim and vigor to do the deed --- and i think
may even chase off the so unvirile sterile lbams.
  
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permalink #102 of 124: Mary Mackey (mm) Sat 25 Sep 10 21:20
    

Susan, your blogs posts are wonderful. Could you talk about some of your
favorite blog posts?
  
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permalink #103 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Sat 25 Sep 10 23:12
    
Oh, the ones where I can just be silly.  Um, dinosaur sins:

<http://tinyurl.com/dinosin>

There's really no place to publish that.  Except on one's own blog.
  
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permalink #104 of 124: Jennifer Simon (fingers) Sat 25 Sep 10 23:51
    
The illustrations give it a delicate personal touch.  I had no idea
you were an artist, too.  I'd hang those on my fridge in a heartbeat.
  
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permalink #105 of 124: . (wickett) Sun 26 Sep 10 10:43
    

Susan, that is lyrically funny and beautifully illustrated.  Thank you.
  
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permalink #106 of 124: paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Sun 26 Sep 10 10:48
    
Such a delight to read.

Bookmarked the blog, downloading Becoming a Tiger.  Wanting more.
  
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permalink #107 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Sun 26 Sep 10 13:10
    
I LIKE THE WAY YOU THINK.

I had to illustrate the dinosaur sins, since I couldn't
find suitable photos on Wikimedia Commons.

I also illustrated one about an eighteenth-century elephant:

<http://tinyurl.com/irephant>

l
  
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permalink #108 of 124: Linda Castellani (castle) Sun 26 Sep 10 14:11
    

Love your writing and the way you think, as always, sumac.

<cruella>'s illustration of the aye-aye is amazing; I didn't know she was 
an artist.

But, I am bereft!  The link to the follow-up story is broken.
  
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permalink #109 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Sun 26 Sep 10 14:58
    

Sorry.  Try this for th efollow-up:

<http://tinyurl.com/moreayeaye>

(cruella)'s an excellent artist.  I like her comic, Meen Comics, um,
at <http://www.meencomics.com/>

Here's a nice* one about dogs:

<http://www.meencomics.com/comic/breed-standards/>

(*Warning. Sometimes (cruella) is meen.  Or worse.)
  
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permalink #110 of 124: Linda Castellani (castle) Sun 26 Sep 10 17:30
    

Oooh!  She's good.  And meen.
  
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permalink #111 of 124: Mary Mackey (mm) Mon 27 Sep 10 12:27
    

Susan, for people coming in on the conversation who aren't clicking on the
urls could you describe a bit what is in these wonderful blog posts and why
they are your favs?
  
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permalink #112 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Mon 27 Sep 10 19:51
    
Oh ah, good idea.

<http://tinyurl.com/irephant> is commentary, snarky in nature, on an
old handbill advertising the appearance of an elephant in New England,
and describing its strange ways.

<http://tinyurl.com/dinosin> is fanciful commentary, snarky in nature,
on why, perhaps, dinosaurs were wiped out.

I like animals.  I'm often on their side.  But that doesn't mean I
have to be reverent about them.
  
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permalink #113 of 124: Rip Van Winkle (keta) Mon 27 Sep 10 21:06
    
Love the dinosaur post! You're right that

>There's really no place to publish that.  Except on one's own blog.

It strikes me that blogs are a great outlet that freelance writers of
yesteryear didn't have.  


The bit about rabbits crying out explains something I hadn't
understood before - the natural background for this:  

In Jamie Sams' Medicine Cards, where animals are depicted and
discussed according to the Native American understanding of their
"medicines," Rabbit is known as the "Fear Caller." In the story she
uses, Rabbit used to be a good friend of a great healer.  Rabbit has
one horrendous injury after another and the healer always fixes him up,
but Rabbit never says, "Thank you."  Finally the healer has had enough
and says, from this day forth we will no longer be friends, and you
will call all your enemies to you.
  
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permalink #114 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Mon 27 Sep 10 22:17
    

Ooh, that does make sense, doesn't it?

This url:

<http://tinyurl.com/raventoe>

is a piece in the Guardian (of Manchester, UK, not SF Bay) about
fossil footprints and whether they were thought to be from Noah's
raven.
  
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permalink #115 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Tue 28 Sep 10 06:55
    
(I will be volunteering at the International Bird Rescue Research Center
all day, hence off line.)
  
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permalink #116 of 124: Gail Williams (gail) Tue 28 Sep 10 16:28
    
The Noah's Raven story is funny.  I suppose that even without a theory
of the fossil record, people knew that calling something "Noah's
raven's footprint" as as fanciful as "Devil's Postpile" and all those
other metaphorical names of the West. I'll bet people knew those were
not literal descriptions.
  
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permalink #117 of 124: Gail Williams (gail) Tue 28 Sep 10 16:30
    
(That is to say, I agree with your observation!)
  
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permalink #118 of 124: Julie Sherman (julieswn) Wed 29 Sep 10 07:32
    
I want to thank Susan and Mary for a wonderful discussion these past
two weeks. It has been a true pleasure to read.  Now our attention in
Inkwell turns to a new discussion. Thank you  all for your
contributions to this conversation. As always, this topic will remain
open indefinitely into the future for more discussion. Thanks again!
  
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permalink #119 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Wed 29 Sep 10 08:56
    
Thank *you*, Julie and Mary.
  
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permalink #120 of 124: Mary Mackey (mm) Wed 29 Sep 10 10:10
    

And thank you, Sumac, for a wonderful conversation. We will all be awaiting
your newest blogposts and books.
  
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permalink #121 of 124: paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Tue 5 Oct 10 12:01
    
The saddest moment of Becoming a Tiger was the end, when I realized
there wasn't any more.  I've been *very* interested in tales of animal
intelligence and the way the artificial barriers between 'us' and
'them' have been broken down, as things we thought were hallmarks of
our species are found in non-primates.  But voting cows and socially
savvy reef fish takes this all to a whole 'nother level.
  
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permalink #122 of 124: . (wickett) Wed 6 Oct 10 18:12
    

Looking forward to more, as always, sumac.
  
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permalink #123 of 124: Jennifer Simon (fingers) Fri 8 Oct 10 00:14
    
I wish I'd had time to participate in this interview, but since I
didn't, I at least want to wedge in a note of thanks for all the
reading pleasure!
  
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permalink #124 of 124: With catlike tread (sumac) Wed 13 Oct 10 10:40
    
Oh, thank you very much.

Being read is the best reward.
  



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