animal realm

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    Totem Animals Paid Member

    I often get asked by children what my favorite animal is. Those childhood days of talismanic fervor, and the security to be gotten by holding in one’s heart an emblem of something brave, fierce, powerful, and free—something as invulnerable as the child is vulnerable— seem so long ago as to have occurred in another life. The children ask the question with innocence, leaning forward and waiting for my answer—searching sometimes for a candidate themselves, a proxy that will help guide and protect them—and often I am tempted to talk about a particular species: about the drama and allure, the hard-earned specificity, of any and every living thing. More »