Memorandum to the Animals
“This time around we are in charge: making our own guest list, which does not include Every Living Thing.”
Amy Leach is the author of Things That Are. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals and reviews, including A Public Space, Ecotone, Tin House, and Orion, in addition to Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. A graduate of the University of Iowa's MFA program in creative nonfiction, she has been recognized with the Nautilus Book Award, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Rona Jaffe Foundation Award. She plays bluegrass and the piano, teaches English, and lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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I wish I could tell my dad that I worked to recreate the newsroom. That people still think newspaper stories—and stories about newspapers—are worth telling.
As a black man in the field of social work, my dad was, as a white female coworker of his once put it, “like a fly in buttermilk.”