...The owl's reputation may be beyond salvation. Who gets up early? Farmers, bakers, doctors. Who stays up late? Muggers, streetwalkers, cat burglars. It's assumed that if you're sneaking around after midnight, you must have something to hide. Night is the time of goblins, ghouls, vampires, zombies, witches, warlocks, demons, wraiths, fiends, banshees, poltergeists, werefolk, bogeymen, and things that go bump…With such a powerful pro-lark tradition arrayed against us, must we owls be forever condemned to the infernal regions- which, despite their inextinguishable flames, are always described as dark?...
American essayist and editor. Born in New York City, Fadiman attended Harvard University and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1975. She worked as an editor for Life and the American Scholar, and was founding editor of the magazine Civilization, a publication of the Library of Congress; she has been a frequent contributor to magazines such as Harper's and the New Yorker. Her first book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (1997), about a family of Hmong refugees, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader (1998), is a collection of essays about Fadiman's love of literature and language. Her most recent collection is At Large and At Small (2007). Fadiman currently teaches nonfiction writing at Yale University. See also barclayagency.com.