A knowledge for thirst: Water, empathy, and kinship

Let me recount this short tale—a thin slice from my recent life—exactly as it happened. On a warm afternoon earlier this month, outside an old inn that overlooks an east-coast estuary and that was once owned by a prolific persecutor of witches, I met a recent immigrant to the British Isles. It was immediately obvious that she was nervous in the presence of a new … Continue reading A knowledge for thirst: Water, empathy, and kinship

A liberté without freedom, an égalité devoid of fairness, and a fraternité blind to kinship: Life as a bird in France

Despite strong public opposition in France, hunting’s ever-thinning guise of heritage still remains robust enough to satisfy many politicians. Emmanuel Macron, the President, claims to be serious about biodiversity but is an advocate of the suite of barbaric practices that make up this tradition. Continue reading A liberté without freedom, an égalité devoid of fairness, and a fraternité blind to kinship: Life as a bird in France

Open letter to Faroe Islanders: Please stop the slaughter of whales and dolphins

To massacre animals in this way is not what indigenous humans would do. On the contrary, the Grind is more akin to what Western vivisectionists did when they cut into living animals in the name of science. Faroe islanders do the same, under more turbulent, uncontrolled circumstances, in the name of tradition. Continue reading Open letter to Faroe Islanders: Please stop the slaughter of whales and dolphins