Category Archives: Fables as Form

Drawing the line tw tamed and untamed

Pigeons are a staple character in figuring interspecies exchanges across the line between domesticated and untamed in Aesop’s tales. Used as snares, by a bird-catcher, tamed pigeons are chastised by captured wild ones—“being of the same race, they should have … Continue reading

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Fables as Cultural Form

Aesop’s Fables are cultural forms that circulate through a variety of mediums, surfacing or lying just out of sight in a host of contexts. Analyzing cultural forms requires foregoing the assumption they’re transparent—as in the hope of reading the social ideology … Continue reading

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Dale Watson’s Scorpion Tattoo

  Dale was just the feature of an interview on NPR. Melissa Block asked him about his tattoos, specifically about a recent one of a scorpion. She asked him to explain it and he replied, “you know about the scorpion, … Continue reading

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The Person Problem

A harrowing series of stories on NPR have featured the plight of farmworkers operating in grain bins. Over 500 have died of suffocation in silos over the past 40 years, with 2010 being the worst year on record for such accidents. … Continue reading

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Watching Ice Age 4

It’s amazing how many current multispecies fables are circulating in public culture. Two movie franchises stand out: Madagascar and Ice Age, two of the top-grossing animated series. These films variously frame the crisis of species collapse for very young audience, … Continue reading

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Companion species at the nativity

A basic task in developing a multispecies perspective is recognizing its pervasive elements in common sources. Take the nativity scene, which is staged and on display currently in numerous public and private settings throughout the world. The striking feature of … Continue reading

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