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“I found a dead mole the other day. Have you ever had occasion to study one? I give you a mole’s whisker as one of the ineffable sensations life has to offer. The sun on a mole’s whisker is fine as the thought in a saint’s mind... And its claws and cleft nose! I spent two days drawing him and never had happier hours.” -Polly Thayer (Starr) to Helen Howe, 1952
“We do nurse prejudice against certain animals as we do against certain humans. The snake, the beetle, the cat, and the toad, although worshiped as gods in some cultures, have all been objects of fear and loathing in others... ‘The man you know is your friend,’ goes the saying; the more we know about other beings, the less likely we are to view them from a distorted perspective. With animals as with humans, fear - and therefore hostility - lessens as understanding grows.”
- Polly Thayer (Starr) in “Looking at Animals,” 2004,
adapted from production at Nucleus Club, Boston, 1990