A Stellar's Jay (Coastal subspecies) at Stanley Park
A Stellar’s Jay (Coastal subspecies) at Stanley Park

This is the first installment of a weekly check-in – a place I can share ideas and articles that caught my attention during the week.

Firstly – some rare good news in environmental protection: Court Blocks Trump’s Plan to Ease Bird Protections on Oil Lands (NY Times)

Harold Bloom, a giant in literary criticism, passed away on Oct 14th. NY Times obituary.

I recently finished reading Lisa Margonelli’s book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology and I highly recommend it, even if you don’t think you’re interested in termites. I had no idea how much I didn’t know about termites and what they reveal about the complexity of natural systems.

Finally, I’ve been listening to a lot of John Coltrane lately, and I can’t get enough of his performance of ‘My Favourite Things‘ on the album Afro Blue Impressions.

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