Bite-Sized Bit — Chickens in Literature

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Image: © Stephanie Metz, Chicken Legs, 2004. Felted wool, wood 17”H x 12”W x 15”D

Image: © Stephanie Metz, Chicken Legs, 2004. Felted wool, wood 17”H x 12”W x 15”D

My pal Lisa Jane Persky, in addition to being a fine actress, writer, and artist, numbers among her quirks a semi-obsessive desire to document the role of the humble Gallus gallus domesticus in the world of literature. From Proust to Palahniuk, she captures the cluck in word and image, honouring our fine feathered friends with an expert curatorial eye.

While I usually tend to find my chickens in the fridge, roasting pan, or fryer, I have to admit I’m partial to her recipe for a little brain food.

On the other hand, if you would prefer to put your brain in park for a moment, you might want to check out comedian Bruce Mahler’s ingenious use of a store-bought fryer as a prop for a skit on the ABC series Fridays.

And if you would like to find out more about Stephanie Metz, the artist who created the overbred fowl featured at the top of the post, her art can be found here.