Anyone read the chicken article in Sept 28 issue of The New Yorker?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by bawkbawkbawk, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Susan Orlean, the author of the book The Orchid Thief which was the basis for the Nicolas Cage film Adaptation has written a charming article about her chickens and the current national interest in poultry-keeping in this weeks New Yorker Can't remember the page but it's toward the front of the magazine, and yes, it does mention BYC [​IMG]
  2. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    An online link would be helpful here! [​IMG] Or, maybe I could get off my fat lazy tail feathers and go dig one up myself! [​IMG]
  3. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    Well darn it!! I don't have a subscription to the magazine. If you do, bawkbawkbawk, maybe you can access the actual article and post the link. This is as close as I can come to it:

    It just give a brief overview of the article and at the top there is a clickable link to the actual article itself. But, the catch is you have to be a subscriber to "The New Yorker". NUTS! [​IMG] I would have liked to have read it.
  4. Well, here's the abstract:

    ABSTRACT: POPULAR CHRONICLES about the writer’s chicken fixation. Chickens seem to be a perfect convergence of the economic, environmental, gastronomic, and emotional matters of the moment. In the past few years they have undergone an image rehabilitation so astounding that it should be studied by marketing consultants. The writer admits that she is an animal fancier, but until recently, only of the fur-bearing type. Describes the effect of the documentary “The Natural History of the Chicken” on the writer. Also mentions the presence of chickens in Martha Stewart’s book “Entertaining” and in the pages of her magazine. Until the nineteen-fifties, it was common to keep a few chickens around. They were cheap and easy to raise. Gathering eggs was so easy that children were often assigned to do it. Buying eggs year round at a supermarket is a relatively recent development. Part of what is unusual about chickens is that they have always been women’s livestock: women and chickens just seemed to have a natural harmony. Mentions books and magazines about chickens, including “A Little Journey Among Anconas” and tells about the creation through breeding of a new type of chicken, the Cochin, in the 1840s. A frenzy of poultry breeding and showing and speculative trading followed, a crazed bubble nearly on the scale of Dutch tulip mania. As Americans drifted from the country to the cities, they took their chickens with them. Writer tells about her decision to own chickens. Discusses the concept of the hundred-mile diet and the popularization of locavore eating. Describes how she came to purchase an Eglu, plastic chicken coop designed by the British company Omlet. Briefly interviews Johannes Paul, one of the founders of Omlet, who describes the origins of the idea for the Eglu. Writer tells about the arrival of her Eglu and her early experiences of rearing chickens. Even people central to the chicken world are predicting what might supplant chickens, if and when chickens run their course—goats or ducks. Chickens have already survived hen bubbles and cholesterol scares and the enormous social change that chased them out of the back yard. But, the chicken, that thing with feathers, always sunny and useful, will endure.

    And here's a link to an online conversation with the author:
  5. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    Well, that was fun and interesting! And another human joins the flock!! [​IMG]
  6. mountaintopchicken

    mountaintopchicken Songster

    May 23, 2007
    Just read it this morning! I'm surprised there aren't more people on hear talking about this - BYC was mentioned! Good article.
  7. Justino

    Justino ♪♫ Rockin' Rooster ♪♫

    Dec 21, 2007
    MY school consular just gave me the article because he knew i loved chickens, and i laughed when i saw BYC in there XD!!!! Pretty cool, and i think its good [​IMG] i hope this inspires many more people to get chickens of their won [​IMG]
  8. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    I read it, very cool! [​IMG]
  9. tunaoftheland

    tunaoftheland Songster

    Jun 3, 2008
    Someone just pointed that article out to me! It is too bad there's a new New Yorker out already. It is a pretty good article though.
  10. ducks4you

    ducks4you Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    East Central Illinois
    I like the last sentence:
    "But, the chicken, that thing with feathers, always sunny and useful, will endure."

    It's kinda like, James Michener's repetative sentence in Centennial--"Only the rocks live forever."

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