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alexander skutch is gone

2004-05-14 - 8:17 a.m.

Sad news: Alexander Skutch passed away. He was a week a way from turning 100. His books have given me much pleasure and inspiration over the years. I most recently read, Life of the Flycatcher, which told the story of some of these personality-packed birds, including stolen glimpses of the Royal Flycatcher.

Right now an immature Mississippi Kite is sitting high in the oak tree. Maybe five minutes ago, a Mississippi Kite pair was copulating in the tall pine tree. I would love to know just how many Kites are actually out there. I have tended to assume that I'm seeing the same lusty couple all the time, but who knows.


Well, if it's 8:45, must be time for another round of happy humping Mississippi Kites. Hey, guys, wish I could sit here and record your antics all day, but I do have to get going and run a few errands.

Hummingbird Report: Extremely active, with many threeway chases yesterday evening. This morning so far it's mostly just a single male. RTHU, of course. No Green Violet-Ear, I'm afraid.

If anyone is reading this who has not read Don DeLillo's Running Dog, they will probably want to stop reading here.


I started re-reading Running Dog (published September 1978!) the other night to put myself to sleep while DH was out of town. Then I put it down because I needed to finish another book that I might have to return to a friend this weekend. So I went back and finished Running Dog last night. The ending always comes as such a shock. Especially now. So much so that I had blocked out what was coming until it was there, and it was like reading the book for the first time all over again. I felt distinctly queasy.

At times, I do wonder about Philip K. Dick's proposal that time stopped at the fall of the temple in Jerusalem and, ever since, God in his grief has continued to psychotically turn over the same events in his mind over and over. So time doesn't pass; we have only an illusion of time passing, with the same events and people being tossed in a blender, spun a bit, spilled out, tossed in the blender again. Everything that is happening now has happened before. The unfortunate corollary to this is that everything that is happening now will happen again.

It was easy at first to avoid the beheading video, but now people are posting still captures around the internet. Someone has to look at these pictures, but I'm not that someone. At this point I don't know who that someone is. Apparently the FBI itself is implicated, if only for bungling the case. Where is justice when law enforcement is either corrupt or incompetent? I'm thinking there's a great DeLillo novel in there somewhere but maybe he's already written it.

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