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Small World

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Yesterday, a friend I hadn’t heard from since way back in my law firm days wrote to say she’d just seen me on a reptile t.v. show in Rome.  I got another email the other day from an old friend who said, “we just read your lizard book on our Kindles in Bhutan and wanted to drop a note…”

World Taxidermy Championships

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I spent last week in St. Louis, Missouri at the 2009 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships.  What a blast!  When I was a boy a friend and I did lessons from the Northwestern School of Taxidermy.  It turns out that many of the legends in the art started out the same way. 

Vegas, Baby!

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

One of the great delights of writing a book is the way it acts as a kind of shout into the wilderness of one’s life, and it is great fun to hear the echo return in emails and letters from childhood friends, former teachers, colleagues, an old girlfriend or two (even one who dumped me for god’s sake).   I got one yesterday from a friend who is married, has a daughter, and has moved to Las Vegas since we last communicated.  He included this photo from the top shelf of his local Barnes and Noble true crime section.  It’s a small thing, taking a photo on a cellphone in a bookstore, and yet it’s not a small thing at all. 

The Lizard King meets Donnie Brasco and John Grisham

The Lizard King meets Donnie Brasco and John Grisham