Science & Medicine

394: Drew Lanham

This naturalist and writer is wary of “bad people having their names attached to perfectly good birds.” Audubon’s warbler evokes not just an ornithologist but also a slave-owner. “We should remove all human names from birds and let the birds tell us who they are—by their appearance, their behavior, their song.” Bluebird, woodpecker, whippoorwill. Elegant! Produced with Orion magazine.

Person: his grandmother
Place: Savannah River Site
Thing: his father’s camera
Randy’s Place: Convention Hall, Atlantic City, 1964

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