“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mark Payne's The Animal Part

“How can literary imagination help us engage with the lives of other animals?”

Mark Payne was my next door neighbor at Magdalen College for a year, and the we sort of lost touch, during which time I extricated myself from the UK and he did a Classics PhD at Columbia.

Now it turns out he's published a really exciting looking book called The Animal Part, which I can't wait to get my hands on. Or on which I can't wait to get my hands.

I just found out that it won the prestigious Warren Brooks Award for literary criticism.

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