How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them?
The answer—schizophrenia—only leads to more perplexing questions
We value our solitude until it pinches
After it became our permanent home, we overfilled it with overloved horses and dogs
Our losses give vitality to our lives
But all life’s passion not quite spent
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.
Snow Falling on Cedars at 20
John Updike’s obsession with ordinary life made him the writer by whom we came to know ourselves
The struggle to keep it together
Tough on other species, too
In search of adventure and engagement
A literary critic’s ugly deception
The end of the peculiar institution
Separating man from myth