A strange phenomenon is going on this morning. We’re having an insect hatch in the neighborhood — Alan, streamside entomologist, informs me they’re midges — and many are clinging to the screens, too lazy to go out and breed, I guess. So enterprising birds are hovering at the windows, plucking them off. Some birds hover better than others, so this is a noisy business as they batter the screens. (Plus the lawn crew just came to my neighbor’s; 10 minutes of airport-level engine noise and they were done. Vanished, along with the grass clippings.)
I don’t know if it’s our proximity to the lake, the heavy tree cover or what, but we generally get a more interesting bug-and-bird show here than in Fort Wayne. The other day I saw a scarlet tanager bopping around the park strip. A first.
But I didn’t start this for the nature update, but to plug in two bloggage bits I forgot, earlier:
I’m glad Lance has the patience for this, because someone has to take apart the Human Events list of the “10 most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries.” Guess what’s No. 4 on the list. Ready? The Kinsey Report. As if:
The Kinsey Report? “The reports were designed to give a scientific gloss to the normalization of promiscuity and deviancy,” the editors explain. In other words, The Kinsey Report invented homosexuality and the homos caused AIDS. Before Alfred Kinsey there were no gay men, only a few scoutmasters, lonely sailors, prep school circle jerkers, and considerate husbands who went cruising because they wouldn’t dream of insulting their wives by asking them for a blow job.
Oh, and Hank explains the special magic that is Hank, via Poynter. Follow the link within to the story they’re talking about.
mary said on June 2, 2005 at 5:29 pm
Jeffrey Eugenides mentions the annual midge blights of Michigan in his book, “The Virgin Suicides.” I guess at times they can get pretty overwhelming. When you finish with Elmore Leonard, you might want to check out “Virgin Suicides” and “Middlesex,” both good Michigan novels.
Nance said on June 2, 2005 at 7:27 pm
I read “Middlesex” a few weeks ago, and liked it very much. A very strong evocation of a time and place, the first of which very familiar to me and the latter, growing more so by the day.
By the way, my neighbor John tells me the mayflies are next. Makes the midges look like…midgets, I guess.
James Kabala said on June 2, 2005 at 7:47 pm
Wouldn’t it have been nice if Lance had actually tried to refute the claims that Kinsey’s research was flawed and fraudulent, instead of just dismissing such arguments with a sneer?
danno said on June 3, 2005 at 8:51 am
I noticed one of the ‘judges’ was from The Hudson Institute. Thank goodness they moved out of Indy!!!! I’m suprised ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret’ wasn’t on the list!!! LOL!!