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.