Study of “Hat with Bird”

‘… as practices lose their place in a historical form of life, they may leave abandoned wreckage behind them which can then take on new life, generating new hybrids or simply leavings which still have resonance. Take the example of things. These may have been vital parts of particular networks of practice, only to fall … Continue reading

Greater Bird of Paradise Audio

© BBC Sound Archive

Plumes that Pay

A poem from the Sorrowful Rhymes of Working Children How doth the manufacturer Improve the ostrich tail? By willowing the scraggy ends Until they’re fit for sale. How cheerfully he sits and smiles Throughout the livelong day, While children knot the tiny flues And make the plumes that pay. ‘Willowing’ consists of lengthening the short … Continue reading