Squirrels in Every House

Did you want to read more about squirrels that are similar to those in Jo Ann Beard's famous essay, "The Fourth State of Matter," published in 1996?

Look no further than T Kira Mahealani Madden's newest essay "When the Squirrels Are Over" published in Catapult.

"I can’t find a metaphor for the squirrels. Each time they scratch and chatter above the bedroom ceiling, or nibble through the insulation of our attic leaving a confetti of toxins on the kitchen counter, each time they screech and scream their mating calls and fuck and tumble and find a new way into our house, I think, This should mean something. This should carry allegorical or metaphorical properties; that might make it feel better. But there is no meaning. I haven’t found one yet."