It usually begins in a similar manner each time. From the upstairs bathroom comes my daughter’s voice, “Papa!” From my wife in the living room, “Sweetheart – come in here please!” From the stairwell leading to her ground-floor apartment in the house we all share, my mother’s urgent inquiry “Where’s John?” Each of these calls generally […]
A good book should cause one to find a continuous string of further questions arising in the mind while and after reading it. A great one should cause the mind to positively fizz with them. And after only yet reading Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’ forward and Marcus Baynes-Rock’s introduction to his Among the Bone Eaters; Encounters with Hyenas in Harar, I have every reason to believe that my brain will be bubbling like a shaken soda bottle by the time my reading of the book is completed.
How does one go about writing an encyclopedia of insects? In terms of species, the sheer numbers of those thus far described by entomologists alone would fill several volumes if nothing more than their names were recorded.