Robert Sullivan is the author of a trio of intriguing, highly regarded books-Meadowlands, A Whale Hunt, and Rats-which though diverse in subject matter are driven by the same desire to explore the arbitrary lines we humans draw between what is “natural,” and thereby intrinsically deserving of our respect and protection, and what is “unnatural”: that is, those creatures and places beyond the pale, at best ignored, as in the case of the...
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