Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

The Birds

Amy Jean Porter's new book, Of Lamb, a collaboration with the poet Matthea Harvey, comes out next week! You can order your copy now—or, even better, pick one up at the book's release party, which happens June 2nd, 7 p.m., at Cabinet in Brooklyn (you should go!). You can also find some nice prints by the artist here.

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Bittersweet (#765)

Beautiful, Amy, as always. The orioles are unreal, aren't they? This reminds me to put up the hawk decals on the patio doors to avoid "sleeping" robins.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Bittersweet we had a hummingbird smack into one of ours once – they are so unbelievably tiny when you hold them! Luckily he woke up after a bit and buzzed off.

Dave Bry (#422)

I had a northern flicker barrel into my window here in new york city a couple years ago, actually. It dropped down stunned and flightless onto the balcony and rested there for a couple hours before recovering and flying away. (Or, I'm pretty sure it flew away. It disappeared, at least; and I'd like to not think that Pale Male swooped down and snatched it up.) It was, you're right Amy Jean, much more fancily attired than you'd think something that eats bugs need be. It was really very beautiful, and much bigger than I'd thought a bird of its sort would be. This was great as usual.

laurel (#4,035)

"…Much more fancily attired than you'd think something that eats bugs need be."


The simplicity and wonder in these often reminds me of Christoph Niemann's illustrations in the Times. But, what makes these great is the pastoral element – the place in my mind that I always imagine as quiet, quirky, and well, wonderful.

Mr. B (#10,093)

The half-chicken is a nice touch. It made me think of Hitchcock's droll trailer for "The Birds," which is about as entertaining as the movie itself.

Dan Kois (#646)

By the way, EVERYONE, "Of Lamb" is amazing.

Scary hawkshadow! This is lovely, and thank you. (I especially loved the half/whole chicken.)

markdavid12323 (#13,017)

Super Like

Annie K. (#3,563)

The robins do fly like little fighter planes this time of year, Amy, so F=ma, and with the "a" high and the "m" the same, the "F" is what got your poor guys. The very best luck with your book. Congratulations!

laurel (#4,035)

Sooooo pretty, but beyond pretty into something else. Like, the limits of drawing (two dimensions, things fixed in place and time) leave room for all the sound and movement and changing light. How do you do that?

Re preventing bird strikes on your windows: you can buy little clingy decals that reflect ultraviolet light. Birds can see them, but they're almost invisible to us: http://www.birdsforever.com/windowcollisions.html

caw_caw (#5,641)

That was wonderful. Thank you.

I love our robins–they're so aggressively wonderful, I can imagine them flying headlong into disaster, and yet you could not tell them to slow down, take it easy. They are seriously serious birds. RIP 2 Robins.

sanmig07 (#13,085)

N'aww. Nice story. I also like how it was presented. :)Job well done. :)Posted on May 26, 2011 at 10:32 am

kevins943 (#13,096)

very cute story.

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