Readers respond: Speaking whale, blackberry jam, and more

Saving the best for last

The Sept. 12 & 19, 2022, issue hit hard in its last six pages. Why? Well, I imagined the effort and talent it took to put together stories ranging from whales speaking, book reviews, mental health tragedies, book banning talk, and “prairie sentinels” in Manitoba, Canada. This, and to do such a fine job of it.

That classic photo of a humpback breaching into the blue and gray with its hat off to serenity, power, and performance is a call from the wild. How inadequate is our empathy and understanding. Give me meanwhile Tom Mustill’s book, “How to Speak Whale: A Voyage into the Future of Animal Communication,” and get out of Dodge.  

Sometimes our need exceeds our experience and we let in the light of a good book: “The Sentence” by Louise Erdrich, for crying out loud. “Unadulterated love of the written word,” you write about the main character. Yes! Thank you, and thank you to all with the kindness to speak clearly. Then, we are reminded of Nellie Bly via “Madwoman” by Louisa Treger. Holy Toledo, how far from the mark did we descend? Treger’s telling portrait of a great American journalist speaks volumes. 

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