By Benjamin Hale, Bradford Morrow
Conjunctions: sixty one, A Menagerie gathers essays, fiction, and poetry that think the realm of our fellow beings, animals. Cultural mythologies and pantheons are populated with snakes, monkeys, cats, jackals, whales: a forged of characters whose tales show how complicated and wildly contradictory our species' courting with different animals is. They're buddies, enemies, instruments, foodstuff. Descartes deliberated approximately even if animals have souls, identifying they didn't. Linnaeus cataloged them. Darwin attached us to them. Wild or tame, sinless or soulless, the animal is a chimera of transferring identities, either mundane and mysterious. that includes interviews with William S. Burroughs and Temple Grandin, essays by way of animal experimenters Vint Virga and Dale Peterson, fiction via Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates, and paintings via many others, this selection of inventive new writing bargains uncaged entry to the lives of the nonhuman creatures that encompass us.
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Of course the Romans and everyone else made free use of woodland resources and probably did not have to go far to find them. The great legionary fortress at Inchtuthil outside Perth, for example, is thought to have required some 30 linear kilometres of timber-framed wood for its walling, equating to a cleared area well in excess of 100 hectares. But the impact would have been localised, and regrowth will readily occur in a broadleaf forest if the animals are kept out. Similarly, the indigenous population used timber for hut circles, for large individual roundhouses, for the great enclosed hillforts and for the interior of brochs (for the latter, 32 33 Tipping, ‘Form and fate’, pp.
Bunting, ‘The development of heathland in Orkney’, Holocene, 6 (1996), pp. 193–212. 29 The activities of early man would only hasten the process. A very different appraisal to that of the older notions of a Great Wood of Caledon in the Roman Highlands is suggested now by David Breeze, Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments in Historic Scotland and a leading historian of the period: The Highlands of Scotland are certainly an impressive massif. Today, vast and barren, often the only trees are those planted by the Forestry Commission.
Tipping, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 124 (1994), pp. 1–55, with permission. 27 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 28 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 T HE NATIVE WOODLANDS OF S COTLAND, 1500–1920 Darling put it at ‘possibly fifty per cent’ on the eve of the Neolithic (see also below, pp. 20 People arrived in Scotland 9,500 years ago, perhaps a little before the Scots pine. It has been suggested that people might have followed the hazel, the shells of which often appear in extraordinary quantities in early prehistoric sites.