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Day Of The Animals

In light of the recent ape attack, Giacomo Brunelli’s new book might be worth picking up:

In her introduction to his book, which is published by Dewi Lewis, the curator Alison Nordström refers to critic John Berger’s observation that animals are the quintessential Other and that we look at them to define and discover ourselves.

What emerges from Brunelli’s collection is just that: creatures we think we know, ones that we routinely pet, tame, even house, reveal themselves to be unfamilar, utterly unknowable beings.

I think it all goes back to the ancient need to show them who’s on top of the food chain. Pets can be great companions, and emotionally we might think of them as family, but they are still animals, and will react as such.

Posted by West Virginia Rebel on 03/29/09 at 04:23 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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