As pointed out by Bear (1), The Brown Wasps is a Loren Eiseley’s essay which demonstrates how human sense of place and self can be based. “The Brown Wasps” by Loren Eiseley in “The Best American Essays of the Century”. This matter of an imaginary space or home that we keep. Loren Eiseley () is an author I’ve heard of but never with, and choosing his essay “The Brown Wasps” is a way to help remedy the.

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There are also the whistles and the sounds of everyone, everyone in the world, starting on journeys. Migration in birds is a heavy subject that I will not go into here but there was an interesting section in the single article Thf looked at that brings me into doubt about a sense of original home–being created in birds out of memory. Somehow in his flight he had found his way to this room with drawn shades where no one would come till nightfall.

By this, Eiseley signified that only the past can be a nail to which our present existence and success can be anchored to. Here man was advancing, but in a few years his plaster easps bricks would be disappearing once more into the insatiable maw of the clover.

This ancient El with its barnlike stations containing a nut-vending machines and scattered food scraps had, for generations, been the favorite feeding ground vrown flocks of pigeons, generally one flock to a station along the route of the El. The policeman does not look back. But the tree, the tree that longer was, that had perished in its first season, bloomed on in my individual mind, unblemished as my father’s words.

So I had come home at last, driven by a memory in the brain as surely as the field mouse who had delved long ago in my flower pot or the pigeons flying forever in the midst the rattle of nut-vending machines.

Then a policeman comes by on his rounds and nudges them upright. Dickson 1 points out that the central memory of place, and the episode of things that happen around us is the pivotal centre around which other events and other memories have been organized at a given time.

After a muttered conversation the policeman presses a coin into his hand and passes fiercely along the benches prodding and gesturing toward the door. It was a small dream, like our dreams, carried a long and weary journey along pipes and through spider webs, past holes over which loomed the fhe of waiting cats, and finally, desperately, into this room where he had played in the shuttered daylight for an hour among the green ferns on the floor.


I have said my life has been passed in the shade of a nonexistent tree, so that such sights do no offend me. According to Cainthe boy in the narrative has never lost the grit about the tree because he could remember some of the past spoken words by his father.

The Brown Wasps

They had returned–and they had returned because of the hubbub of the wreckers had convinced them that the river was about to flow once more. A huge black-belted bee went droning by and there were some indistinct scurryings in the underbush.

Someone had provided him with a chair, and he sat at the same corner staring sightlessly at an invisible stairway where, so far as he was concerned, the crowds were still ascending to the trains. That boy was myself.

Following WWII, America had emerged as a global superpower, and in the country enjoyed a period of relative prosperity. A boy with lroen hard bird eye of youth pedaled a tricycle slowly up beside me. Moreover, Eiseley in his essay denotes human beings and animals as primarily clinging to a given time and place where they have adapted to.

“The Brown Wasps” by Loren Eiseley () | Ned Stuckey-French

Once in a while one of the sleepers will not awake. It is, however, always frequented–not so much by genuine travelers as by the dying.

I thought I had seen the last of them about the El, but there was a revival and it provided a curious instance of the memory of living things for a way of life or a locality that has long been cherished. For a day, for two days, pigeons continued to circle over El or stand close to the red vending machines. Tubercularly thin, he sleeps on steadily. There was nothing there to see. It was the only world he knew and it was gone. Acetylene torches showered passersby with sparks, pneumatic drills hammered at the base of the structure, and a blindman who, like the pigeons, had clung with his cup to a stairway, leading to the change booth, was forced to give up his place.

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The Brown Wasps

I wet to work browm morning by one particular station, and the time came when the demolition crews reached this spot. He notes that the repercussive effect of this notion towards animal is whether a cat, dog or a cow on their returning to their homes, see the buildings as anything rather than a place for biological needs. Newer Post Older Post Home. These, the burrow under the greenery in my living eisseley and the red- bellied bowls of peanuts now hovering in midair in the minds of pigeons, were all part of an elusive world that existed nowhere and yet everywhere.

For sixty years siseley cottonwood had been growing in my mind. Even the blind man clung to it. I find such a flow in his writing, a sort of mental meandering at the side of a man on an exploration of the world and of time –done simultaneously with him–as conducive to a small broadening of my own mind.

After sixty years the mood of the brown wasps grows heavier upon one. Probably very few among the waiting people who tossed a crumb to an eager pigeon realized that this El was like a food-bearing river, and that the life which haunted its bank was dependent upon the running of the trains with their human freight. Hundreds of pigeons were dependent upon the system.

It is life that you want, ths bruises your gray old head with the hard rhe a man has a right to his place.

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Then I came to a sign which informed me that this field was to be the site of a new Wanamaker suburban store. And all the years since it had been growing in my mind, a huge tree that somehow stood for my father and the love wapss him. He spent his childhood exploring his lorsn surroundings in Lincoln, Nebraska before enrolling at the University of Nebraska, where he studied English, geology, and anthropology.

In this case, what about creatures that lack such hive mentality–or original homes such a dragonflies? As I did so, a mouse scurried ahead in front of me, frightened by my steps if not of that ominous Wanamaker sign.

I saw the river stop. I dropped a little food about the mouth of the burrow, but it was never touched.