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But here nonetheless. That meme...courtesy of headrush100

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"It said the mink was the only animal besides the polecat that killed for the sake of killing."

from Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper

You know, my heart aches when I hurt people, whether it's intentional or not. But I don't wonder much how a critter might evolve that doesn't care who it hurts -- gotta be a survival instinct.


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Apr. 8th, 2004 07:15 pm (UTC)
Survival of the Meanest Sonsuvbitches On the Planet
Look where homo sapiens sapiens is today...

(Darwinistic rant below - feel free to skip - it's pretty bleak)

Bonobo chimps have also been proven to have murder gangs, killing for sheer sport and not eating the carcasses, but playing with them and discarding them. Dolphins have rape gangs that isolate single females from pods outside their social groups, and keeping her to themselves for days, sometimes weeks. The idea that nature somehow has a higher moral compass or is gentler than humans is a product of people who make teddy bears and sell tickets to zoos. We've been isolated from nature for so long, we've forgotten just how vicious it can be.
(/end rant - i apologize if i've offended somehow.)
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:28 pm (UTC)
dude chris!
the dark is rising is one of my all time favorite series of all time. all time! i mean it! ever! i adore it to smithereens. can't believe you just quoted from it.
*hugs you a ton*
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC)
*squeals with you*

Yes, yes, yes! I've been reading it with the older son. He enjoyed Anne McCaffrey quite a bit, and Harry Potter, of course. And he seems to be digging this series, too.

My idol? Madeleine L'Engle.
Apr. 8th, 2004 08:39 pm (UTC)
oh yeah very hard to compete with a wrinkle in time also truly fabulous kids reading. but the arthur legends...hard to beat. and when i was in the fourth grade (about a million years ago), i had to write a letter to an author so i chose susan cooper. she wrote me back! said if i wanted to be a writer i'd have to work very hard. wasn't she smart?
Apr. 9th, 2004 03:55 am (UTC)
I've heard that about the entire weasel family, actually--and that mink are voracious in a lot of ways, not just in the "kill for pleasure" way. I'm with you in your moral reaction!
Apr. 9th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
I'm a huge Susan Cooper and Madeleine L'Engle fan too! :-) I met L'Engle at a writing workshop a few years ago and was just in awe of her - I'd been a fan since I'd read A Wrinkle in Time when I was about nine. She's an amazing, fascinating woman and writer. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend her life-and-writing musings in A Circle of Quiet. Also Susan Cooper's essays on writing for children, Dreams and Wishes. Both wonderful reads. Sorry, I can't help myself, I'm a librarian, and therefore a serial book-recommender! ;-)
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