Getting Stuffed: A Tale of Love and Taxidermy

The writer visits a taxidermy shop to purchase a Valentines’s Day gift. This essay will be included in David Sedaris’s new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls:

“The taxidermist and I discussed the owls, and when my eyes cut to a glass-doored cabinet with several weather-beaten skulls inside it, he asked if I was a doctor.

“‘Me?’ For some reason I looked at my hands. ‘Oh, goodness no.’

“‘Then your interest in those skulls is non-professional?’


“The taxidermist’s eyes brightened, and he led me to a human skeleton half hidden in the back of the room. ‘Who do you think this was?’ he asked.

“Being a layman, all I had to go by was the height – between four and a half and five feet tall. ‘Is it an adolescent?'”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Apr 13, 2013
Length: 13 minutes (3,265 words)
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