PALS Quarterly, First Anniversary Edition Teaser

Posted: October 20, 2014 in PALS NEWS
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Our first anniversary/fifth edition of PALS Quarterly: Animal Liberation News and Fun Stuff will be released this Saturday, October 25th, 2014–coinciding with our next International Day of Action: Ghosts in the Machine.  It’s not too late to subscribe; just send an email to with the heading “Newsletter Subscriber” to receive your newsletter electronically, for free!

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Halloween Special: Spooky Creatures and Their Habits (2 of several)

By Saryta Rodriguez



PALS Book Burrow: The Lives of Animals by J.M. Coetzee

By Saryta Rodriguez


Introductory Paragraphs: 

I first encountered this gem while babysitting for the Chen family in Oakland Hills one chilly summer night. I had heard of Coetzee’s Tanner lectures and some of his other writings, but not this one. The Chens seemed to feel lukewarm about it; some fellow activists laughed in my face when I mentioned I’d borrowed it. Others had never heard of it.

Needless to say, I had little idea what to expect.

First, allow me to extoll the literary device, the meta-ness—the many, many layers of meta-ness; and not of the superfluous, Inception kind. A kind that matters and is helpful. Elizabeth Costello is Coetzee’s fictional character, a novelist invited to Appleton College for three days to talk about whatever she wants. Everyone expects her to talk about her novels, or about the craft of fiction writing

more generally; to the academy’s chagrin (not to mention that of her son, John Bernard, a professor at Appleton who would have preferred no one find out about his famous mother), she instead devotes her lectures to animals. A liberationist speaker writing a fiction piece about a fiction author giving liberationist speeches. Brilliant.

Content still in the works: An updated PALendar, our annual SPOTLIGHT interview, What We’ve Been Up To, this quarter’s Flick Pick, and more!

Thanks so much,

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