Friday, June 26, 2009


I just finished reading Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan.

It is a fascinating and very readable book. As much about the history of New York as anything else. It's really a sort of social history of rats. Although ethnographic research is involved: the author observes an alley downtown for a year...

It did NOT enamor me to rats, or change my utter, utter revulsion. At one point I had to put the book down for a couple of weeks because it icked me out so much and I was constantly thinking I heard rats.

I particularly enjoyed the parts about plague, and plague in the US.

I did get bored towards the end, and didn't read the Afterword.

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