Not so very long after the 2016 U.S. presidential election results were announced, more than just a few people in the so-called “blue states” began openly wondering about the possibility of breaking away from the rest of the country and setting up one of their own. It’s not terribly surprising. For a substantial portion of […]
2015 is shaping up to be the year when I am given the privilege to revisit a number of old literary friends. From Albert Camus’ Meursault in Kamel Daoud’s new “The Meursault Investigation” to Harper Lee’s Scout Finch in “Go Set a Watchman” and now, so I recently discovered, Jacqueline Kelly’s Calpurnia Tate in “The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate.”
Calpurnia Tate is the child all naturalists wish they were as children: endlessly curious, possessing of boundless energy, and most important of all, beginning their explorations of the natural world at an age when the mind has not yet been conditioned to repress questions because they might seem silly or pointless to others.
To say that Edward O. Wilson wrote the book on ants is neither to exaggerate nor employ a metaphor; it was written in scholastic partnership with his long-time scientific collaborator Bert Hölldobler, titled “The Ants,” and published in 1990. In 1991 it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.