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Wednesday, Apr 28 2010
The bird is maybe the most overused metaphor ever. Exhausted from being forced to represent both peace and war (dove/hawk), eternal conundrums (chicken/egg), senseless evil nature incarnate (The Birds), joy itself (bluebird), and idiocy (dodo), just to name a few, the feathered among us may now take a breather. In Sy Montgomery's new book, Birdology, birds can just be birds. In fact, the author's interest is mainly in what she calls "essential birdiness." What makes a bird a bird? Hollow bones. Dinosaur connections. Flight. Music appreciation. "Their feathers weigh more than their skeletons," she notes. "And it's this fragility that gives them the strength to conquer the sky." The author, who also gave us The Good Good Pig, has chosen the subtitle Adventures with a Pack of Hens, a Peck of Pigeons, Cantankerous Crows, Fierce Falcons, Hip Hop Parrots, Baby Hummingbirds, and One Murderously Big Living Dinosaur. She additionally points out that, among the animals, birds are the only ones who can be bothered to speak to us in our own language.
Mon., May 10, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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