|[from the website of Chicago's independent research library, The Newberry]|
Dolphin-y, which I wanted to hear in my mind's eye as dolphinny, was the word. As in Phineas, or finny.
Dolphins. Intelligent creatures who swim and click and whirr-squeak. They queak, or queek (spellers?....). Asks a dolphin expert, What are they thinking while going about their days and nights; and what do they and their long-term memories recall, resift, replay?
Said expert has long studied dolphins and has, with help from a tech whiz, rigged up a device that hopes to be an interspecies translator and essentially operates as an emitter and receiver of whistles. What I wonder is how much of a difference it would make to a dolphin for the whistles to be emitted by a human being rather than by a machine.
|Train, STOP (festina lente)|
(out of frame and up "the hill," Fort Lewis College )