Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Jonathan Franzen ... For the Birds

One of the many themes running through Jonathan's Franzen acclaimed best seller, Freedom, was birds.  More specifically, it was the affect that domesticated cats left to run free had on the local bird population.  One of Franzen's principal (principled?) characters appears to be killing prowling neighborhood cats in an effort to save birds.

This subplot is rooted in fact.  According to the American Bird Conservancy, "scientists estimate that every year in the United States alone, cats kill hundreds of millions of birds, and more than a billion small mammals, including rabbits, squirrels, and chipmunks."

Jonathan Franzen is speaking in a few weeks at a fundraiser for the Wild Bird Fund, a non-profit that hopes to open New York City's first wildlife rehab and education center.

That bird was on the cover for a reason, you know.

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