Vicious

Each day, we gaze out our window at our DP writing desk, and we try to think like the mountains we see in the distance. It is a humbling ambition.

We have been reading Vicious, Jon Coleman’s fiercely engaged history of human efforts to torture and exterminate wolves. We strongly recommend that DP readers purchase this book before it goes out of print, which often seems to be the fate of studies we count as absolutely indispensable for understanding the present.

For now, we excerpt a few passages from the introduction, interwoven with captivating wolf images from the eyes and hands of Mark Adlington:

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Elsewhere in the text:

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About their human tormentors:

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Meanwhile, very close to the present moment, an American president utters the following appalling sentence:

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As Coleman notes, human beings do not represent the apex of evolution; in time, we will be gone, and no other species will mourn our disappearance.

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