Here are the rules. Here is the excerpt of the week:

On February 24th 2010 a large bull orca named Tilikum violently attacked and killed a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando in full view of a crowd of witnesses. Seizing her by the hair, he dragged her into a deeper section of the pool, where she died of drowning and euphemistically-labeled “traumatic injuries.”

Tilikum is named for a Cree word that alternately means “friend” or “kin/tribe.” This is the third fatal encounter with humans he’s been associated with–though the first openly hostile one–during his time in captivity, and the fourth incident of orca aggression at a SeaWorld park in the last ten years. There have been two dozen attacks at various marine parks in the U.S., Europe and Asia since the 1960s.

Within moments of the first reportage of the attack internet news and social media sites were abuzz with comments, a large majority of them summed up by this sentiment graphic novelist Warren Ellis posted on Twitter: “KILLER whales. Not Cuddle Whales. Not Soft Whales. They’re called KILLER whales. How does this point escape people?”

[Who am I? Read more and find out!]

Last week: Elfriede Jelinek, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and author of Lust and The Piano Teacher.

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3 responses to “Who Am I — 110511”

  1. apsiegel says:

    John O’Hara…most underrated American writer of the 20th century.

  2. Gloria says:


  3. Jeffro says:

    Without hovering over the link, I do know this one: Matt Baldwin. That is also a very fine latitudinal hair part.

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