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taxidermy
2014-11-12 :: dave

I’m working on an essay that’s mostly a revision and updating of my series of Taxidermy in Trouble posts from a while back. In doing some research on big-city taxidermy classes marketed to hipsters, I found this article on Atlantic.com. Here’s a bit from the second page: The actual procedure of taxidermy varies from animal […]

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taxidermy
2013-05-25 :: dave

Kind words on the whole from the Louisville Courier-Journal: Readers may find that Madden’s genre-blending approach to taxidermy makes for an uneven book. Some of his personal digressions are tedious, while other side trips are fascinating. Generally, though, Madden’s prose is a joy to read; some passages strike me as poetry: “Every animal dies. Taxidermy […]

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taxidermy
2013-02-22 :: dave

I. A moral conviction, in taxidermy or other matters, leads more often to orthodoxy than clarity. From that Cleveland Plain Dealer article on one boutique’s taxidermy class, mentioned in Part 1: “Having a young designer doing taxidermy made me think of the cute mice in the movie ‘Dinner for Schmucks’ and not animals hunted for […]

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taxidermy
2013-02-21 :: dave

I. AMC’s Immortalized is the competitive taxidermy show I’ve all been waiting for. Nothing reveals taxidermy’s artistry more clearly than watching four taxidermists with clipboards peer point blank into the eye of a wood duck. There’s as much pawing at the goods as at an AKC dog show. What I learned from spending three days […]

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taxidermy
2013-02-20 :: dave

I. You know taxidermy’s past whatever moment it had when a man who wrote a book about the subject no longer wants to pay close attention. Most people who bother with the matter at all would never admit that taxidermy is in a bad way. After shows on Animal Planet and [the] History [Network], we’ve […]

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Books + Reviews + taxidermy
2012-05-24 :: dave

Over at The Nervous Breakdown, J.A. Tyler wrote an incredibly generous review of The Authentic Animal. I mean, he said stuff like, “The Authentic Animal is a gem” and “Madden has made a non-fiction book that sings.” It’s been rare that I’ve earned reviews in general for the book, and it’s been ever rarer that […]

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Books + taxidermy
2011-11-15 :: dave

If you go to the Amazon page for The Authentic Animal, you’ll find that the book has all of three customer reviews. One of them calls the voice of its author “arrogant” and who am I to judge? The problem is the number of reviews, not their star-rating. I’d like to think we all can […]

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Announcements + taxidermy
2011-10-04 :: dave

That’s not official, that name, but I’m taking my show on the road this fall. Won’t you come see me, or tell your friends and family in these towns to see me? Wed. Oct 5 radiowest.com hourlong interview with host Doug Fabrizio (may be a call-in show) 1pm EST Mon. Oct. 24 Pittsburgh Copacetic Comics […]

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taxidermy
2011-09-13 :: dave

Please answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper and turn this sheet and your answers back in to the instructor when you have completed the quiz. 1. What was the name of the murderer and grave robber from Plainfield, Wisconsin who decorated his house with human body parts? A. Norman Bates B. […]

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taxidermy
2011-07-25 :: dave

[Thanks to anyone who’s been reading these outtakes the past eight weeks. I thought I’d finish this series by posting the very first thing I wrote about taxidermy, way back in the spring of 2004. This was the beginning of an essay for a nature writing class taught by the biologist and writer John Janovy. […]

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taxidermy
2011-07-18 :: dave

[After the elephant, the gorilla was Carl Akeley’s greatest love. He went to Africa for the fourth time in 1921 to collect three for the American Museum of Natural History, and came back with those three, as well as a new resolve to help preserve the animal. In the mythos of Carl Akeley, this trip […]

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taxidermy
2011-07-11 :: dave

It’s hard to write a book on taxidermy and not write about hunting. It kept coming up. I would write about hunting, and then I would tell myself my book is about taxidermy and not about hunting. That hunting is, yes, often the process that begins a work of taxidermy, but not always. And then […]

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taxidermy
2011-07-05 :: dave

[The following outtake is very, very bad. You’ve been warned. The life and work of Carl Akeley, considered by many to be the father of modern taxidermy owing to certain innovations in mounting he helped to develop in the late 19th century, forms a kind of spine for the book. I deployed him to hinge […]

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taxidermy
2011-06-27 :: dave

On vacation this week. My outtake’ll have to be brief. As brief as, say, this swimsuit? The notion of Miss TASCO 2008—those words, in fact—do appear in the book, but not this image. It came folded up Playboy-style in the 2008 catalogue for the Taxidermy Arts Supply Co., owned and operated by Dan Rinehart. Mr. […]

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taxidermy
2011-06-20 :: dave

[Last week, my outtakes got linked to on the

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taxidermy
2011-06-13 :: dave

[Keeping the outtakes coming with the other outtake from my visit to the 2007 World Taxidermy Championships, which had taxidermists from more than 16 different countries in attendance. Even so, the ceremony (and this passage in the book proper) began with a singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and only “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Also, remember especially […]

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taxidermy
2011-06-06 :: dave

Despite being the World Taxidermy Championship, the World Taxidermy Championship is a decidedly American affair. It is invariably held in some U.S. city [ed. this is no longer true, in that the 2008 WTC was held way out in Austria], it is owned and operated by a magazine run out of Louisiana, and 90 percent […]

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taxidermy
2011-06-05 :: dave

We’re just about eight weeks away from TAA‘s official release. (Not much more time to or on Barnes & Noble!) For those eager to find out what someone can say about taxidermy for 90,000 words, I’ve decided to launch each of those eight weeks with some outtakes. Researching a nonfiction book is like shooting a […]

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Books + taxidermy + Very Good Paragraphs
2011-05-26 :: dave

Just received over email Booklist’s advance review of The Authentic Animal: The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. Madden, Dave (Author) Aug 2011. 288 p. St. Martin’s, hardcover, $26.99. (9780312643713). 579.4. When you think about taxidermy, you probably think of it as a creepy hobby of a bygone era (fancied by […]

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taxidermy
2011-03-24 :: dave

Remember when TLC was going to run a taxidermy special, which it then scheduled to air March 10 and then for whatever reason tabled for who knows when? Well now the History Channel (which is weirdly trying to brand itself as, simply, “History”—as though the network were some sort of televised embodiment of all that’s […]

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