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  • Wandering Eye: The story behind black squirrels, Frank O'Hara's New York School, and more

    Wandering Eye: The story behind black squirrels, Frank O'Hara's New York School, and more
    About a decade ago, when City Paper was still at 812 Park Ave. in Mount Vernon, one day a black squirrel just up and died in the parking lot behind the building. An unmolested specimen, it seemed to have gone lifeless spontaneously, its nose touching against one of the lot's concrete parking stops. Sensing something unusual and possibly newsworthy, its corpse was scooped up, wrapped up, sealed up in a Tyvek mailing envelope, and stuffed into the freezer in the basement, just in case someone would find it useful for science and journalism. Turned out, after consulting with the city's biologist at Cylburn Arboretum, it was indeed unusual in Baltimore City to find a black squirrel, which is formally deemed a melanistic grey squirrel, a genetic mutation. Its discovery, however, was deemed not to be news, so the deceased was transferred to the freezer at a staffer's home, where, when the power later went off while away, it thawed and decomposed and was unceremoniously tossed in the trash. But ever since, some here at CP have been quite fascinated with black squirrels, so it's with great delight that this appeared in the Village Voice, a wonderfully complete treatment of the Big Apple's black squirrels, including not just science but history. No mention, though, of possibly the most sensational black-squirrel story ever: that a hungry pack of them attacked and killed a large dog in Lazo, Russia, in 2005. (Van Smith)
  • Dario Robleto's 'Setlists For a Setting Sun' is like a religious shrine for scientists

    Dario Robleto's 'Setlists For a Setting Sun' is like a religious shrine for scientists
    There’s a good chance we’re not alone in the universe. We, the citizens of Earth, have yet to knowingly communicate with extraterrestrial lifeforms, unless our cats or David Bowie are keeping something from us, as we suspect they might be. But...

    Grace Cavalieri's elegiac new book of poems, 'The Man Who Got Away,' mourns her lost husband

    Grace Cavalieri's elegiac new book of poems, 'The Man Who Got Away,' mourns her lost husband
    In the sunroom of Grace Cavalieri’s Annapolis home, a sepia photo of a U.S. Navy pilot sits atop a hand-crafted Nakashima table. In the picture Ken Flynn sits in his airplane’s cockpit, his goggles pushed up on his head, his grin brimming with...

    Weekly Calendar 1/14/15-1/21/15

    Weekly Calendar 1/14/15-1/21/15
    CLUBS/CONCERTS Wednesday 14 Baltimore Soundstage. Cage, Ceschi Ramos, Seez Mics, Butch Dawson, Drew Scott. Bertha’s. Whale Show. The Birchmere. The Psychedelic Furs. Cat’s Eye Pub. Muleman Band. The Crown. DaikonDaikon, New...

    Free Will Astrology 1/7/15

    Free Will Astrology 1/7/15
    ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his novel “Breakfast of Champions,” Kurt Vonnegut describes a character, Ned Lingamon, who “had a penis eight hundred miles long and two hundred and ten miles in diameter, but practically all of it was in...