|The Angels of Our Better Beasts|
JS: Thanks, Seth. I think animals are the muses of many people---they seem so wise (because they can't talk) and so we give them the words we think they should say. I've often believed that writers who include animals in their works usually make them wiser than the people. I was also one of those kids that went and made friends with your dog before I made friends with your kids or you... I felt very comfortable with a pet. As for beasts, yeah, growing up mine was a werewolf. I used to think of him as a mentor---if I could just find him, or he find me. I think I still feel compelled to explore the relationship we have to beasts--both animal and monster--in stories. Are these our way of trying to reach a higher plane of wisdom or morality? Or our way of trying to escape civilization and become more wild? Certainly our pets give us a bridge to the animal kingdom--and many stories that have animals as a focus try to make us better people through those animals. Maybe our monsters are trying to help us too.
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