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Adventures in Taxidermy

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Journalist Melissa Milgrom explores taxidermy—from the skilled taxidermists at the American Museum of Natural History to the preservers of the animals in Damien Hirst's artworks. In Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy she takes readers into this eccentric, unusual world.

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Melissa Milgrom
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Comments [4]

Caryn Wojcik from Point Pleasant, NJ

I grew up in the house right next door to the Schwendeman's shop and home. Needless to say, it made for an interesting childhood. My sister and I would sit on the swing in the back yard with Mr. Schwendeman (Dave) where he would point out birds to us. We would go to the shop and make molds of animal tracks out of plaster-of-paris. We got to sit on the back of bear and when they found an injured owl, we watched them nurse it back to health. The Schwendeman's have the highest respect for nature and passed that love on to me. I am now a science teacher and owe a large part of that to Mr. Schwendeman. Thank you, Melissa, for writing this book to let people see that once you get past the "blood and gore" there is a much deeper subject and lots to learn.

Apr. 02 2010 07:37 AM
andy from manhattan

this website always has some disturbing examples of her subject...

http://crappytaxidermy.com/

Apr. 01 2010 01:37 PM
Doris Levinson from Westport CT

Re the discussion of taxidery by Melissa Milgrom pitching her book "Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy": Why should anyone care about this subject? We all know what taxidermists do.

Apr. 01 2010 01:24 PM
Jeffrey Hicken from New York

Great topic, check out http://www.furbearingtrout.com/

Apr. 01 2010 01:20 PM

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