Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas’s The Old Way: A Story of the First People, about Kalahari hunter-gatherers, came out last October. She is the author of The Hidden Life of Dogs and The Social Lives of Dogs: The Grace of Canine Company.

Eva’s Ribs: Dogs and Scholarship

Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, 22 February 2007

The dog/human bond,​ for all its importance, is one of the least examined relationships in Western culture. To some, a dog is merely an object, there to perform a function such as pulling a sled or guarding a property, to be discarded when no longer useful. To others, a dog is a stand-in, for a child to cherish or an enemy to abuse. To still others, a dog is like a body part –...

If Goofy Could Talk

Frank Cioffi, 6 April 1995

Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy’s book is a collection of anecdotes, arguments and exhortations which insists on the analogies between human and animal being. The rationale given for this...

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