Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Our Hearts Condemn Us

And now for something completely different: my very short essay on Only Lovers Left Alive is part of Bright Wall/Dark Room's glorious Halloween issue. Hurrah!

check it out.

illustration by Brianna Ashby

Monday, June 16, 2014

Quokka Confidential

Just why is the "Happiest Animal in the World" smiling?

Read my latest at Mental_Floss.

Monday, May 12, 2014

At Sundown, When I Am Busy

Remind me: 

mourning doves. Remind me always 

to live where they are. Remind me: 
that sound. 
That sound. Remind me. 
Mourning doves: that sound:

Remind me.

Listen hereMourning dove drawing by Kathy Walker

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

7 Animals That Smell Like Gourmet Jelly Beans

Mother Nature loves a joke. Marine invertebrates that literally puke their guts out at the slightest provocation and hippos that sweat sunscreen are just a few of her favorites. There are vultures that wear leggings made from their own poop. There are alarmingly large bugs that smell like cherry cola, and mammal butts that smell like French vanilla and buttered popcorn. (Go home, nature. You’re drunk.)
So is this the zoo or the Sweet Factory? Your nose can’t tell the difference. These seven animals are olfactory dead ringers for Jelly Belly flavors.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Why Is Your Pee Always Yellow? (And Other Pressing Bladder Questions)

Before you could speak, you could pee. Before you learned to write your own name, you could pee. (And if you grew up in a particularly snowy part of the world, you may have combined these skills.) Urination is a taboo subject, a daily miracle, an essential bodily function, and a complete mystery to most people who do it. 
Let’s part the underpants-shaped veil surrounding urination information. Let’s learn about peeing.

Click here to read the full article at mental_floss.

Image: "A Field of Yellow Flowers" by Vincent van Gogh

Thursday, February 27, 2014

America's Weirdest State Symbols

The bald eagle. The Lincoln Memorial. The Stars and Stripes. Symbols matter in the United States.
But regional pride is important, too, and every state in the union has its own heritage to celebrate—sometimes in odd ways.
As children, we all learned about our state flags and state birds—but who can name their official state soil? How about their state crustacean?