February 18, 2014 § Leave a comment

I watched Rutigliano and Mensi work to free a second bird, a wood warbler, a lovely yellow-throated thing. It felt wrong to be seeing at such close range a species that ordinarily requires careful work with binoculars to get a decent view of. It felt literally disenchantening. I wanted to say to the wood warbler what Francis of Assisi is said to have said when he saw a captured wild animal: “Why did you let yourself be caught?”

— taken from the essay by Jonathan Franzen The Ugly Mediterranean, published as part of the collection Farther Away (2012), p. 76

Put me in mind of Flaubert’s Trois Contes.

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