Marginalia, no.232

He was amused by her evident belief in the curative power of animals. She seemed to think that it must steady him to look at a buffalo.

~ Nathaniel West, Miss Lonelyhearts

We spent a week camping at Yellowstone when I was nine. There were elk and moose and buffalo to be seen and we spent a large part of each day either looking for them or looking at them. With the heat and altitude, it was a tiring business. Back at the campsite my grandfather (who swore that his bypass scar was from an Indian tomahawk) simmered ground buffalo patties and onions and Campbell’s condensed mushroom soup. If looking at a buffalo had failed to steady us, eating one did the trick nicely.

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