Pigeons successfully learned to discriminate color slides of paintings by Monet and Picasso. Continue reading Let’s hear it for pigeons
The three quotes at the beginning of The Friend are a kind of triangulation, three lines drawn towards the point where the writer is to be found. But where is she to be found? She doesn’t know that herself. Continue reading Sigrid Nunez: The Friend
(Lemurs) live in matriarchal troops, with an alpha female at their head. When ring-tailed lemurs are cold and frightened, or when they want to bond, they group together in a furry mass known as a lemur ball, forming a black and white sphere that ranges in size from a football to a bicycle wheel…. Continue reading Things we didn’t know about Lemurs
We meet Ivory Frame, the protagonist of Sopinka’s tale when she is aged ninety-two but still receiving surprises from life. And what a life it’s been. Being at first passionate about painting she has devoted the greater part of her life to recording the languages of animals…before they all become extinct. Continue reading The Dictionary of Animal Languages: Heidi Sopinka
With weddings in the news (and who among you didn’t watch the recent Royal Wedding?) we have some suggestions of what not to do when planning one of your own. There are perils to be avoided far worse than gospel preachers.