I became a fan of Alfred Lubrano after reading Limbo: Blue-collar roots, white-collar dreams. I actually bought the book (a rare occurrence for me) and was glad I did since I ended up writing “YESSS!” and making copious notes in its margins at every instance of self-recognition. When I finished the book, I intended to write him a long, admiring letter. Which I never did.
Lubrano is a regular columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and it turns he is an animal-friendly writer; a couple of his pieces have appeared in the animal-related news feeds I see.
"Horse Racing is Still Saddled by Cruelty Issue" (May 27, 2006), was so spot-on that I printed it out and saved it. Again, I planned to write him an admiring letter. Which I never did.
His most recent column (April 7), “To kill just point mouse and click,” begins, “Left unchecked, people will ruin everything.” As he continues, no doubt shaking his head in dismay and disgust, on the issue of remote-control hunting (in which men pay to sit at a computer and, with the click of a mouse, shoot and kill animals in a fenced enclosure in some other location). Lubrano asks why it isn’t yet illegal in 22 states. This article was even listed on the home page of the Humane Society the United States.
Must go write him a letter…