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“The Hudson River School”

David Searcy


A three-pound lamb can get to ninety pounds in three and a half to four months if the range conditions are right. Sometimes a coyote waits. If there are rabbits to eat—and in those years there were; a ‘surfeit’, Courtney says—a coyote waits until the lamb weighs maybe twenty pounds. A lamb, of course, is easier and fatter than a rabbit but, somehow, he knows to wait. How strange to think about a coyote out there—what could be more simply, purely present than a coyote?—but a coyote out there thinking of the future as if it were just a simple thing like dust or wind or something.

We read it in Granta 124: Travel.