The summer after I got divorced, my children asked to sleep in my bed again. It would be the first time we'd shared a bed since they were infants.
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It seems to me that the time for subtlety in our American life has passed.
I don't tend to picture my characters as actors and actresses.
People from the rest of the state tend to hate Phoenix, with that typical resentment of the boroughs and the towns for the big city.
Indeed, the hype around 'Watchmen' is its curse. If you want to enjoy the comic for what it is, ignore the attributions of literariness and the novelistic pretensions with which some critics have imbued it. This isn't high culture, and it doesn't pretend to be. It's good, juicy pulp fiction with a little nuclear apocalypse thrown in.
Without elephants, Africa's landscape would be unrecognizable, yet these animals have fallen by the hundreds of thousands as a result of two enormous waves of poaching in this century - one in the 1970s and 1980s, the other, beginning around 2009, now underway.
As soon as a regular guy like Bill Clinton becomes the president, he wears a mantle of greatness. He's the president.
After numerous generations of people dedicated to killing wolves on the North American continent, one generation devoted itself to letting wolves live.
More than two million years ago, mammoths and Asian elephants took different evolutionary paths - and around the same time, according to DNA research, so did their lumbering relatives in Africa.
Children depend mightily on animals for comfort, inspiration, imagination, and art. And parents have long recognized this.
For almost two centuries, American gray wolves, vilified in fact as well as fiction, were the victims of vicious government extermination programs. By the time the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, only a few hundred of these once-great predators were left in the lower 48 states.
You're lucky if people like your book, and the more people that like it, the luckier I feel.