Interviews and Baby Birds

I’m doing a lot of radio interviews today. Like everything else I’m doing, it’s fun and scary. I try to prepare, but who knows what they’re going to throw at me. I couldn’t get the words “state-of-the-art” out minutes ago. It felt like an eternity before some approximation of the words came out of my mouth. Ah, to have a fully functional working brain. But three other interviews I did (not radio) went up yesterday. One at Salon, another on the Gotham Center blog, and one on Curbed New York. Thank you Mary Elizabeth Williams, David K. Thomson, and Tobias Carroll!

Meanwhile life goes on. Someone brought a baby bird to the ASPCA yesterday, except we don’t do birds. There was some discussion about what to do with it, it was so tiny, and euthanasia came up!! But thankfully that idea was shot down. A bird rehabber was called, but the day was getting late and I was getting worried about the little guy. So I looked up the details for the Wild Bird Fund, an organization I’d worked with a couple of times with wounded pigeons I’d found, and I gave the information to one of the most sympathetic people there (hi Alessandra!). She authorized my taking the bird there and gave me cab money!

Here he is in the incubator (he’s the one labeled ASPCA of course). Followed by a picture of some cute ducks hanging out on the floor.

Wild Bird Fund

Wild Bird Fund

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Interviews and Baby Birds

  1. 5.19.18 (Saturday)

    Dear: Mrs. Horn:

    Ordinarily, I would never drag my eyes across the pages dealing with any incarceration or anything that remotely would deal accurately with the true nature of violence i had been trained to inflict, but refused to be part of that negative Southern State (Texas) environment that habits hatred, violence, fear and ignornce, intimidation and no hope. I found that was the best education of my life. Talk about a intense avenue where I was actually learning from those sent to incarceration administrative segregation: the most violent of the violent.

    I am now 59 years old. I am part native American and part white. I look totally white looking at me. I was born during the midway point of the Civil Rights movement. Raised by my grandparents, who would successfully survive The Great Depression. I was born into violence and overcome any urge to be violent by my Grandparents! They were my mentors. But, enough of me.

    I was introduced about the list history. How lucky you were to find such a jewel. I do a lot of watching Finding Your Roots with Henry Gates, a Harvard History Professor. I like it so much, I want to do Librarian Research with large unknown Databases + geneology. Have you ever thought about doing that?

    Did the little rescue bird make it? I hope so.

    May God Bless you. Shalom.
    Neal Harville, MS, MS, BS, BS.
    [Personal contact information removed.]

    P.S. At 12 yrs. I decided not to drink, smoke, use drugs or strike anyone; never under any circumstances strike or be physical to any woman. I haven’t ever, to this day.

  2. I’m so glad you have always resisted violence. Thank god for your grandparents! If you go the library, most librarians will be happy to help you explore the various databases out there for this kind of research.

    And I’m also hoping the little bird makes it.

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