EXPLORING THE BEAUTY OF OUR OWN BACK YARD
Lobster As Icon
When you were a kid, did you ever press your nose against the lobster tank in the grocery store to get a closer look?
I can recall tugging my mom down the aisle to the back of our local market, anxious to pay a visit to the curious crustaceans. I would gawk for as long as permitted, transfixed by the extraordinary features. Naively, I thought it were the same six or seven "loppers" I was calling on, week after week. I chose to believe they were protected there, like pet fish, in a tank at a restaurant.
In second grade, I discovered the fate of my clawed friends, and began purchasing them to release back into the wild, when I had saved enough allowance money.
Now, my own children pull me down the grocery store aisle, standing mesmerized in front of the invertebrates, as they seemingly perform on the submerged stage.
I, Lobster: A Crustacean Odyssey written by Nancy Frazier, is a newly published consideration of the lobster represented throughout history as an icon, subject of art, and delicacy, among other things. Frazier's comprehensive exploration of lobster lore is fascinating, scholarly, and humorous - and, it's prompted me to take pause to stop and gawk again.