“Robin McLean’s Reptile House introduces us to a debut author of audacious originality." -- Peter Connors, BOA Editions.

OLDER FISH OBITS

ALTER EGO ? WHO IS THAT FACELESS ONE?

THE DRUM /​ THE MUSE /​ THE CRIMINAL

LOOSE IN BOSTON

GRUB GONE DRAG /​ COLUM MCCANN

REPTILE HOUSE IN PLYMOUTH

I LOVE BURLINGTON

REPTILE HOUSE MEETS PARIS REVIEW

BACK ON THE TRAIL -- NYC

BRIDGE EIGHT

WHITE BRAS ONLY

THANKS MOUNT HOLYOKE (AGAIN)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #18: LAST STOP: BIG CARBON FOOTPRINT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.8: LONG LONG LONG LONG ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.7: SERENDIPITY in JAYHAWK COUNTRY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17.5: NEXT EXIT -- KANSAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #17: BEARTOOTH, WYOMING and OUT OF MIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.6: MONTANA FOR A HAT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.5: LOST HORSE in SANDPOINT, IDAHO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.4: A GOOD CAMPGROUND IS HARD TO FIND

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.3: REPTILE HOUSE KICKS HARPER LEE'S BUTT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.2: PIRATES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16.1: DETOUR #1 -- DECATUR ISLAND, WA.

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #16: SOUTHWARD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.9: CHICK RESCUE -- PALMER, ALASKA

REPTILE HOUSE MAKES THE FRONT PAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.7: DENALI FOR REAL THIS TIME

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.6: HOT WATER AND WIDE AWAKE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.5: THANK YOU FAA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.4: NORTH POLE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.3: GLORIOUS DENALI

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.2: FAIRBANKS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15.1: ANCHORAGE

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #15: SHORT CUT: ALASKA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..9999: CHIHULY and SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14..92: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS (REDUX)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.9.5: ON THE DECKS OF SHIPS

MARY LYON WOULD BE PROUD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9.1: POETS AND SPACE NEEDLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5.9: SOLITARY PEAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.5: SEATTLE BY WAY OF MT. HOOD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.2: LATE NIGHT LIBRARY: THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14.1: INLAND AND NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #14: AVENUE OF THE GIANTS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 9: LIGHT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 8: TO THE GREAT NORTHWEST

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO! THANK YOU PETER BIELLO!

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13. 5: SAN FRANCISCO and NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13.1: DONKEY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #13: CALIFORNIA CAN WAIT

BOOK REVIEW: “Unnatural, unprecedented, as far as we know.”

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.6: SUMMITS AND CARAVANS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9.5: NAVADA HWY 50: THE LONELIEST ROAD

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.9: THE NEXT GENERATION TAKES THE WHEEL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.8: GRAND MESA = BUGS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.7: CAMPING #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.6: REPTILE HOUSE GOES TO 12,000 FEET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.5: RH ROAD TEAM DOUBLES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.4: 10 THINGS TO DO IN BOULDER WITH A COSMONAUT

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.3: MOOSE WELCOMES REPTILE HOUSE TO BOULDER

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.2: SANTA FE TRAIL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12.1: ONWARD NORTH

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #12: BREAKDOWN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.9: PASSENGER #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8.9: GRATITUDE BREAK

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.8: SUN, RAIN, EL PASO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.7: THE ALAMO

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6.5: TEXAS: BUDA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.6: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #2

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.5: TEXAS: CHISHOLM TRAIL #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.4: TEXAS MODERN

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.3: WILD DETECTIVES

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.2: MHC DALLAS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11.1: TEXAS: THE GRASSY KNOLL

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #11: TEXAS /​ PART I

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10.5: TRIP MAP #1

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #10: IOWA CITY /​ BOOK OASIS

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9.5: BACK EAST (ALMOST)

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #9: SKYLIGHT /​ GET A DAMN TICKET

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8.3: DERAILMENT & RERAILMENT: CANINE AGILITY

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #8: SIRENLAND REUNION

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7.999: REPTILE HOUSE TAKES TO THE AIR

TOUR BLOG POST 7.5: MHC HARTFORD

TWO NEW INTERVIEWS: Thanks BOA

SIDEWINDER BLOG POST #7: HARVARD BOOK STORE

CUT OFF THE COVER AND READ IT: an INTERVIEW

TOUR BLOG POST #6: THE EPICENTER

SIDEWINDER TOUR BLOG POST #5 /​ MYSTIC

TOUR BLOG POST #4 /​ SOUTH HADLEY WITH JIM SHEPARD

TOUR BLOG POST #3 /​ AMHERST LAUNCH

TOUR BLOG POST #2 /​ BOSTON

TOUR BLOG POST #1 /​MINNEAPOLIS

THIS WINTER IS MAKING ME CRANKY

NEWS FLASH: REPTILE HOUSE HAS ARRIVED





FISH OBITUARIES:an anti-bloggers's blog

Zombie Fiction, Ebola Fact, and Obsessive Fear of an Invisible Menace

October 30, 2014

In one more Halloween post, novelist and new Fish Obits blogger Michael Carolan, (this essay first appeared in NEWSWORKS/WHYY but we saw it first here at Fish Obits) explores Night Jobs, Modern Obsessions with Death, Terrorism, Contagion, and Deep Unconscious Fears that Fester Just Under the Surface.

(Training Zombies for the Agritainment Attraction referenced below is what Robin does with her free time)


A Night on Zombie Patrol

It's a warm October night. The stars are twinkling, the moon hangs low. Seated on a trailer, we are pulled by a farm tractor — bumping along a deeply rutted road into a broad cornfield along the Connecticut River, four hours north of Philadelphia.

There are 16 of us — a portion of the hundreds of patrons who have visited this interactive Halloween entertainment venue over the last few weeks. I am their commander: narrator of the apocalypse.

A loudspeaker behind me howls out sirens reminiscent of tornado warnings I heard as a boy growing up in the Midwest. The siren is interrupted by an announcer: "This is the National Emergency Alert System—" Static fuzzes him out. "Prolonged exposure will result in certain death ..."

There are the college-aged and the elderly, middle schoolers and soccer moms. Behind them are 15 mounted, high-powered assault rifles — paintball guns. (more…)

THREE BLACK CATS

October 29, 2014


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For Halloween, a Post on Mystery, this one by Kate C (whose quest for a pen-name has really been needlessly dragging on) concerning the Bewitching Influence of Young Girls, Siblings and Midnight Intrusions, Irrational Hungers and Fears, Animal Domination and, of course, Magic, which Kate is sure does not exist.

I am writing to report upon an extremely mysterious phenomenon occurring in my home. Two of my cats, Kit and Kat, are exhibiting magical powers.

Before I can explain, I must relay relevant Cat History. Kit and Kat are 10 year old sisters. Neither has ever weighed more than ten pounds. Kit is 9.5 pounds; Kat is 9. They are ladylike, dignified, tidy, rarely appear around guests, eat only when hungry. Also they are afraid of many, many things. (more…)

Goodbye, Saphira

October 26, 2014


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A real obituary by Margaret concerning Sudden Departures, Uncertain Unsettling Unanswered Questions, the Bear in the Neighborhood, Farewells.

Not knowing is hard.

You just didn't come back one evening. It isn't unprecedented. You've stayed out all night plenty of times, but you were fed only in the evening, so you tended to show up, and if not at night, always the next morning. You slept a lot that particular last morning, but that's not unprecedented either, as I used to call you "kitty barometer " when you were sleepy on rainy days. I'd painted the floor of a room the previous day. Did this set you off? You were a stray, and we don't know why. Maybe change bothers you. One of your people was away for two weeks, a first time with her away for so long with the rest of us home. Were you missing her? Or, was it just a fox or lynx? Or, that bear that was in the neighborhood later in the summer? (more…)

PHINIUS and THE ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE #1

October 25, 2014


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The Second in a Series of Follow-Up-Posts (taken from reader comments) this one by Cousin Rob connecting Dots -- Boats with Whales and Propellers, with Eureka Moments even if they're Wrong, with the Human ability to Rule and Destroy, with Ebola as proof of Human Impotence, with Adam and Eve.

As to PHINIUS.... There’s a larger point here, if only my pea-sized brain could grasp it (the whale and his orange-sized brain would have no problem grasping it, even while illustrating it). First of all, the ability of humankind to draw references, to connect dots, is what gave us the ability to run them over in boats. But the dots we connect are as random as evolution. Tons of blind shooting (I wonder if it’s the same whale…) and then a random strike of actual insight and certitude.

It’s kinda like the idea that just as all of these random insights eventually congealed into an ability to rule and destroy nature, we all go back in fits and starts and evolutionary dead ends to a single cell of life. (more…)

PHINIUS: SAD, COMPLEX STORY #2

October 20, 2014

YES, WE ARE ALL RELATED

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After a brief (by universal standards) hiatus, FISH OBITS is back on its feet, this time by the long awaited Second in the Series of Sad, Complex Stories, this one by long awaited guest super-star blogger, Tim Sutton, concerning Baits and Hooks, Sadness, Puzzles and Stupidity, Denial of Our Reptilian Natures, the Interconnection of All Species, and the Omnipresence of Death:

While checking facebook this morning, I noticed a story trending on the Wall Street Journal: “Washed Up Whale Puzzles Long Island Beachgoers.” Having been “hooked” by the “bait” I clicked the link to find out a 58 foot long, male fin whale washed up Thursday morning on the beach in Smith Point County Park on Fire Island, part of a string of barrier islands along Long Island’s southern shore. The WSJ quotes a local eyewitness: (more…)

THE COVER

October 1, 2014

HERE IT IS.

Thanks to Peter, Jenna, and Melissa at BOA Editions and to Sandy Knight at Hoopskirt Studio for the cover design and to artist Roberto Lebrón for the boa image.

Some dreams are real.