Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MacLeish Brooding . . .

In Archibald MacLeish: An American Life, Scott Donaldson tells us us of MacLeish's teenage business of raising chickens:
In a copy of Country Gentleman he read about the brand-new idea of using an incubator and a brooder in raising chickens. He then secured a loan from his father and went into the chicken-and-egg business. (no page number given)
Apparently, he was good at the job, but my interest in this biographical point lies in the word "incubator" (and perhaps also in the word "brooder"), for I will need to connect his interest in such practical things to his later noetic interests.



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