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Posts by pattrice

A Case Study in Calamity

I've got a new book out. Let's call it a case study in calamity, in the course of which I try to demonstrate a method of thinking through the ways that social, psychological, and material (economic and ecological) forces combine to set up the situations in which animals are exploited.

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On the Disappearing of Oxen Instead of Problems

I’m supposed to be blogging for VINE Sanctuary right now. Instead I find myself sitting in seething stillness, wondering what to say. Lou is dead—disappeared in the middle of the night. A man who only days ago referred to Lou and Bill’s impending slaughter as “processing” now wants us to believe him when he says [...]

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Eat the Elderly?

Folks, if you’ve not been following the saga of Bill and Lou, please head over to the VINE Sanctuary blog to catch up and learn what you can do. In brief, these two oxen have labored for Green Mountain College for ten years, yoked to plow fields or generate electricity. Lou developed a recurring injury—recurring [...]

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Solar-Powered Insects and Mad Scientists

Ever since I moved back to the sanctuary, I’ve been fascinated by insects. Don’t get me wrong: I’ve always appreciated them. But something about moving to a place where the insects are unfamiliar to me (and visit regularly) has heightened my awareness of the many charms of Arthropoda. Far from the light pollution of the [...]

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And he was loved!

Reflections on the death of a duck rescued from a foie gras factory.

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The Etymology of Hateration

“Don’t need no hateration, holleration / in this dancerie” I don’t know about you, but there was quite a bit of speculation, imitation, derivation in my kitcherie when Mary J. Blige came out with “Family Affair” back in 2001. I definitely remember telling incoming roosters that we didn’t allow hateraters at this sanctuary, and I’m [...]

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“at least as beautiful as any boy or helicopter”

Lesbian-feminist poet, essayist, and activist Adrienne Rich died this week at 82. Here’s a quote from her poem, “The Burning of Paper Instead of Children“: I am composing on the typewriter late at night, thinking of today. How well we all spoke. A language is a map of our failures. Frederick Douglass wrote an English [...]

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Moo-ving on Up!

Big news, folks. Dunno why it’s taken me so long to announce this, but I am moving back to the sanctuary, where I’ll be living in a 1973 Airstream trailer, sharing my front yard with cows and chickens in the part of the mountainous sanctuary property we call “up the hill.” As regular SuperWeed readers [...]

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Book Review: Cyclepedia

Cyclepedia: A Century of Iconic Bicycle Design by Michael Embacher My rating: 5 of 5 stars The trajectory of my responses to this book: (1) Excitement, (2) mild disappointment, (3) growing admiration with every page turn which (4) canceled out any disappointment, all adding up to (5) five enthusiastic stars. (1) Excitement upon discovering the [...]

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Mass Assassinations as Natural Disasters

Hamid Karzai is demanding an explanation for the  “assasination” of numerous Afghan civilians, including several little girls, by a rampaging US soldier who evidently just went door to door, shooting whoever he happened upon. What could Obama possibly say? “Nothing personal, that’s just how we roll in the USA”? Just in the past week or [...]