"Oh, it is well enough as the production of a human composer, sung by featherless bipeds
, to quote the late Diogenes."
There is nothing dignified about random genetic mutations producing a featherless biped
, even if this biped so happens to have developed reason and the capacity for moral deliberation.
Intensional Definitions: Defining things in terms of other words, e.g., "'Man' is a featherless biped
." The trouble with this sort of definition is that you can say "There goes a 'man,'" when you see a plucked chicken running away from the chopping block.
"It's a monster of an animal," Spencer Fitzgibbon of the Green Party said of the featherless biped
developed at the Rehovot Institute near Tel Aviv.
They mutually arrived at the definition of "a featherless biped
," at which point Diogenes the Cynic rushed into the room with a plucked chicken, declaring, "Here is Plato's man."
347 B.C.) therefore defined a human being as a "featherless biped
." That is insufficient, however, for there are bipeds with fur (kangaroos and jerboas) and bipeds with scales (various dinosaurs), which Plato knew nothing about.
Nevertheless, unlike oysters or ostriches or ocelots, featherless bipeds
-- Plato's unenthralled description of human beings -- are animals that go through their days making choices.
Richard Scarsbrook's fun Featherless Bipeds similarly shakes up notions of what normative culture might be.
In Featherless Bipeds, the reverberations of the character's individual growth is, perhaps, most striking.
Two of the boy books have a black-and-white photo on the cover: Featherless Bipeds depicts drums and All In shows an angry boy looking through a house of cards.
Richard Scarsbrook's Featherless Bipeds is a delightful romp that includes Dak Sifter's song lyrics and the band's discography, and yet it, too, creates a problematic ideology about masculinity at the very same moment that it is actively engaged in rewriting the scripts.
written by Richard Scarsbrook (Thistledown Press)
My current students are aware of my "other life" as a writer, though, and the ones who have read Cheeseburger Subversive did keep asking me how the work was going on its sequel, Featherless Bipeds
. I am happy to report to them that it is now in the bookstores!
The second story line concerns the creation of their band Featherless Bipeds and the trials and tribulations of the band and their journey to stardom.
Whether you have read the first book or not, Featherless Bipeds stands well on its own, or as a happy re-visiting of an old friend.