TODAY: Boids. Dirty Stinking Boids.

August 17, 2008 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

Today at Word Books Courtney Humphries, the author of Superdove: How Pigeons Took Manhattan…and the World will give a presentation and talk about how:

…the lowly rock dove became the pigeon, a bird ubiquitous and annoying enough to be reviled as a rat with wings, but one that has also inspired rapturous artistry and fetishistic devotion from breeders, eaters and racers, and has managed to thrive just about anywhere humans have trod.

I’ve had one of these buggers shit on my head once. In the middle of summer. It is not an experience I will soon forget. Nonetheless a great number of people fancy New York Shitty’s bird of infamy (Franz Liebkind included), for those of you out there (and you know who you are) who love pigeons or wish to learn more about them here are the deets.

What: Courtney Humphries talks about pigeons

Where: Word Books
126 Franklin Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

When: August 17, 2008; 2:00 p.m.

Why: Because pigeons are interesting, if disgusting.

How: The Greenpoint Avenue stop of the G or the B61, B43 or B24 bus.

My advice: wear a hat.

Miss Heather


One Comment on TODAY: Boids. Dirty Stinking Boids.

  1. rheingold on Sun, 17th Aug 2008 4:33 pm
  2. I was ambivalent about them too until I met these little cuties, born and raised on my window ledge. Meet the Greenpoint Pigeon Twins, Astro and Astrid, born in a safe little nook of The Astral.

    Initially I thought they had been abandoned by their parents. I looked on line and found that NYC has a pigeon rescue society.Curious, sure, but bless anyone with compassion for the lowliest creatures in this nasty world. Turns out the parents came back (pigeon chicks are raised by both mother and father), hence I didn’t have to crawl out on the 6th floor ledge to provide baby pigeon food.

    It was indeed a moment when they flew off at the end of summer. I hope they’ve found many nice statues to crap on.

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