English Department Colloquium Suggests Don't Talk to the Animals; Some Think 'You Look Delicious'

Author and UST English instructor Gordon Grice will present “You Look Delicious: On Human Beings as Meal” on Friday, March 9, at the next event in the English Department Colloquium Series.

The lecture will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Room (108), O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Gordon Grice

Gordon Grice

In two new works, Grice explores the reality of the human being as meal for other members of the food web. Shark Attacks: Inside the Mind of the Ocean's Most Terrifying Predator (an eBook short from National Geographic Books, June 2012) tells of men swallowed whole by great whites and of the bull shark’s habit of removing human hands.

The Book of Deadly Animals (Penguin, Jan. 2012) casts a wider web, surveying all the major species of animals for their propensity to harm humans. The grizzly and the tiger get their due, but so do such unsuspected dangers as the panda and the puss moth.

In this talk, Grice will discuss the many ways humans, individually and as a species, contribute to these tragic interactions. The talk will focus on the environmental realities of sharing space on a crowded planet.

Grice also is the author of The Red Hourglass (Delta, 1999). His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other magazines. He has taught in the English Department at the University of St. Thomas since 2001.

For more information call the English Department, (651) 962-5600.