The Misspent Youth Of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher

For E.R., who’s smart enough to know what we’re really good at. The pathetic tale of Gilon Tzufriedenzucher, who spent his youth desperately striving for satisfaction and personal fulfillment via athletic achievement, only to be frustrated by the superior jumping ability of the average alley cat and the swimming ability of the average carp: סיפור […]

The Emotions Of Animals, Human and Otherwise

The media was recently abuzz over the pathetic (in the classic, rather than the modern, sense) behavior of the dog Hawkeye at the funeral of his master, Navy SEAL Petty Officer Jon Tumilson, captured in photo and video. Experts apparently disagree over whether Hawkeye might really have experienced grief comparable to that of humans. “Stephanie […]

Buckbeak in the Dock

For C.S., who provided me with the volume from which our opening case study is drawn. Buckbeak and His Defense Team In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the obnoxious and supercilious Draco Malfoy foolishly and boorishly insults Buckbeak the hippogriff, and instantly receives his richly deserved comeuppance: Trotting toward them were a dozen […]