laphamsquarterly:

Déjà vu: Dam!
2013: Belarus fisherman dies after being repeatedly bitten on the thigh by a beaver. The beaver population of Belarus has doubled as demand for pelts declines.  
1767: According to the Comte de Buffon, beavers in the wild posses “even an aversion to blood and carnage, they have not the smallest propensity to hostility or rapine.”

How prescient was this essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan? And now he’s writing about their consciousness and intelligence. 

laphamsquarterly:

Déjà vu: Dam!

2013Belarus fisherman dies after being repeatedly bitten on the thigh by a beaver. The beaver population of Belarus has doubled as demand for pelts declines.  

1767: According to the Comte de Buffon, beavers in the wild posses “even an aversion to blood and carnage, they have not the smallest propensity to hostility or rapine.”

How prescient was this essay by John Jeremiah Sullivan? And now he’s writing about their consciousness and intelligence. 

"The future of the human race is something we ought to take seriously, since despite all the fortunes spent on those giant space-monitoring radio dishes and the exploratory satellites and whatnot, there exists not a shred of conclusive evidence to contradict the rational assumption that away from this blue ball we live on, the universe is an infinity of unfeeling matter. So let’s keep this thing going, is my take."

— From John Jeremiah Sullivan’s brilliant Violence of the Lambs.

(Source: GQ)

tetw:

by John Jeremiah Sullivan

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A visit to Cross-Over, the world’s biggest Christian music festival.

I just read this in Pulphead. He actually went to Creation, which is the world’s biggest music festival. Still a great read.

(Source: tetw, via tetw)