Orion Articles

The Pirates of Illiopolis

May 15th, 2005

“A FEW WEEKS AFTER 9/11, I gave a lecture on environmental pediatrics at the New York Academy of Medicine. The talk had been planned months earlier, but it wasn’t at all clear, in the days leading up to it, whether the event would take place. My host said, frankly, he could not guarantee an audience. I had misgivings of my own. The drive to Manhattan from my office at Cornell took five hours even before the George Washington Bridge was outfitted with security checkpoints, and I had a newborn who would be riding with me across that bridge.” Read the ORION article

The Sound of Migration

September 15th, 2001

“ONE APRIL MORNING, in the middle of a predawn testimony to the mirthfulness of robins, I hear fluttering right outside the bedroom window. I lift the blind, expecting to see either a creeper or a nuthatch. Instead, a trio of tiny olive-green heads stares back at me. One hops closer, blinks, then bobs his head, the top of which is painted bright pink. “Well, who are you?” Read the ORION article