By Gregory McNamee
Following the version of the medieval Latin bestiaries, Gregory McNamee has written a publication immediately naturalistic, folkloristic, and literary, made of brief essays on forty-three animals of the world’s deserts. those essays speak about the creatures as they're and as they're imagined, and produce their common lives and histories vividly to the web page.
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Army Air Corps attempted to develop a bomb that would release hundreds of incendiary charge-laden Mexican freetail bats over the major cities of Japan. These bats would, the scientists hoped, take refuge in rafters and rooftops and thus set off a huge firestorm when delayed fuses set off the charges. Evidently this bomb was not to have been used on our European enemies, against whom we battled more humanely, and in any event the experiment was short-lived; the bats instead burned down the New Mexico laboratory in which they were being tested.
And because Western culture, sadly, tends to equate anything African with savagery, "Africanized bees" isn't much help. In Latin America the creatures are called abejas bravas, "brave bees," a name unlikely to catch on with any but the savviest gringos. Africanized bees, then, is what we'll have to make do withwith no connotations attached, please, positive or negative. University of Minnesota professor Marla Spivak is one of the world's leading authorities on Africanized bees, which she has been studying for more than a decade.
He does not work, except when people are looking, and only then when the observer has a green, naturalistic look, and seems to be taking notes. This amounts to deception, and will injure him for the Sunday schools. He has not judgment enough to know what is good to eat from what isn't. This amounts to ignorance, and will impair the world's respect for him. He cannot stroll around a stump and find his way home again. This amounts to idiocy, and Page 2 once the damaging fact is established, thoughtful people will cease to look up to him, the sentimental will cease to fondle him.
A Desert Bestiary: Folklore, Literature, and Ecological Thought from the World's Dry Places by Gregory McNamee