Darwin's finches

Anger Reduced to a Comic Effect is the third episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode the narrator is Lisa, who at the moment is still the Executive Director of The Tangled Bank Nature Center, and her antogonist is her father, Raymond.

Lisa describes a phone conversation with Raymond, a conversation in which she explodes with anger—but then quickly realizes exactly how her father must be dealing with it.

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The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.

Darwin's finches

Too Much to Ask of an Eight-Year-Old is the second episode of The Tangled Bank. In this episode the narrator is Melissa, an assistant professor of biology, and her antogonist is her son, Jacob. After taking a long phone call just as her son was about to tell her something important, Melissa wonders whether her priorities have gone awry.

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The Tangled Bank comprises the 18 scenes (actually, 17 monologues and 1 third-person narration) that survive of a semi-aleatory fiction writing project I undertook between June 2007 and February 2008. All the pieces take place in a Midwestern city, and each involves at least 2 of 10 different people, all of whom have some sort of connection to a riparian nature center in a decaying public park.

A German scholar, around 1731, spent many pages debating whether Adam was the best politician of his time, the best historian, and the best geographer and topographer. This charming hypothesis takes takes into account not only the perfection of the paradisaical state and the total absence of competitors but also the simplicity of certain topics in those early days of the world.

Capsule Biographies
Ernest Bramah
Selected Non-Fictions, p. 164