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Snake (Object Lessons) (Paperback)
Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.Feared and worshiped in equal measure, snakes have captured the imagination of poets, painters, and philosophers for centuries. From Ice Age cave drawings to Snakes on a Plane, this creature continues to enthrall the public. But what harm has been caused by our mythologizing? While considering the dangers of stigma, Erica Wright moves from art and pop culture to religion, fetish, and ecologic disaster. This book considers how the snake has become more symbol than animal, a metaphor for how we treat whatever scares us the most, whether or not our panic is justified. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.
About the Author
Erica Wright is a senior editor and the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine. She is the author of six books, most recently All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (2017) and Famous in Cedarville (2019). Her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Paste, New Orleans Review, and BOMB Magazine among other publications.