Cover Photo: A photograph of a squirrel in Central Park eating an acorn, wary of the camera being pointed at it
Photograph by Lenora Todaro for Catapult

How Do You Count All the Squirrels in Central Park?

“If you’re worried and you can’t sleep / count your squirrels rather than sheep.”

kuk kuk kuk! , quaa , muk-muk

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Lenora Todaro is a writer, editor, walker, and wildlife enthusiast.  Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review,  the Atlantic, Salon,  Bookforum, and elsewhere.  She was a senior editor at the Village Voice.  Her book, Sea Lions in the Parking Lot, will be published October 2021. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram