Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

A novel drowning in fishy philosophy

Think tank: aquarium is a metaphor for everything Think tank: aquarium is a metaphor for everything (SeaWorld )

the first chapter here

DAVID VANN has a helpless addiction to the verbless sentence. He started
“using” in 2011, with Caribou Island. Sample: “His eyes hard and small,
focused.” Back then the habit was under control — a flourish rather than a
mannerism. Caribou Island, like Vann’s first work of fiction, Legend of a
Suicide (2008), was a taut, masterful exploration of the


Aquarium bills set for Judiciary Committee hearing

A full suite of bills related to aquarium fishing continues to move ahead at the state Capitol, and several are set to be heard in the House Committee on Judiciary Friday.

On tap is House Bill 873, which began as a ban on the sale of aquatic life but instead was altered to set up a limited entry system for aquarium fishing permits and bag limits. The current system imposes no limits on permits or harvest.

Following the passage of a second reading on the House floor on Feb. 18 and revisions by the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources Hawaiian


Sea Life Aquarium tanks get their fill

Before more than 4,000 fish can be on display at Sea Life Aquarium, tanks at the new International Drive attraction had to be filled, a two-day process that started Tuesday.

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Aquarium staff started pumping more than 300,000 gallons of water into three large tanks, each representing Indian, Pacific and Atlantic ocean habitats.

“It’s a signature milestone,” said Steve Blair, curator for Sea Life Aquarium, located in the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex at the base of The Orlando Eye.

Death of Vancouver Aquarium beluga in Orlando SeaWorld renews breeding debate

VANCOUVER – The death of a beluga whale loaned by the Vancouver Aquarium to Orlando SeaWorld for breeding purposes is renewing the public debate over whether cetaceans should be bred in captivity.

Vancouver Park Board chair John Coupar says he has no plans to re-open talks on the hot button issue, despite the fact that at least one member wants to revisit it.

SeaWorld officials said Nanuq died Thursday at the estimated age of 31 or 32. While the cause of death is not yet known, the whale had been undergoing treatment for an infection caused by a broken


Ripley's Aquarium opens ‘Slime' exhibit

Warming centers have been opened to offer residents a place to go to stay warm and dry.


Aquarium bills sunk

After almost six hours of testimony, presentations and discussion Tuesday, two bills seeking to license aquarium collectors and regulate the transport of fish were withdrawn by sponsor Kohala Councilwoman Margaret Wille.

Wille, saying she’d like to wait and see what happens at the state level, withdrew the county licensing bill shortly before 7:30 p.m. The other bill, setting water volume and other restrictions on the transport of fish, was withdrawn earlier in the day.

More than 50 testifiers and three experts on aquarium fish collection had kept the Committee on Agriculture, Water and Energy Sustainability busy.

The bills were opposed by commercial aquarium


Michael Leven, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Aquarium, Joins Fuel Freedom Foundation's Board of …

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – Feb 17, 2015) –  Fuel Freedom Foundation today announced that Michael Leven, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia Aquarium, and a longtime supporter of philanthropic endeavors, has joined Fuel Freedom Foundation’s Board of Advisors.

Fuel Freedom Foundation is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is working to reduce the cost of driving your existing car by opening the market to cheaper fuel choices at the pump. Achieving this goal will mean accelerated economic growth, greater energy security, reduced air pollution, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improved health.

Mr. Leven currently is chairman and chief


Hawaii’s aquarium fish industry in deep water over collection controversies


MIKE TAIBBI: What’s not to love? So beautiful, colorful, mesmerizing in their movements…miniature works of living art that can thrive and entertain for years! They’re, Koles, Longnose Butterflies, and a variety of Tangs…Immortalized by Hollywood in the 2003 animated hit Finding Nemo.

FINDING NEMO CLIP: Look something shiny! Where?

MIKE TAIBBI: Today, there are tens of millions of tropical reef fish living in more than two million saltwater tanks in homes and restaurants and corporate lobbies across the world, the majority in the US…and of course in big aquariums open to the public.

But before any of these fish end


Aquarium measure altered, advanced

A bill that started out as a ban on the sale of aquatic life for aquariums advanced in a heavily altered form Thursday, and at least two other contentious measures appear to be dead after a trip to the House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources Hawaiian Affairs.

The latest version of House Bill 873 is now a vehicle for a provision that would task the state Department of Land and Natural Resources with creating rules for limited entry commercial aquarium fishing permits and bag limits.

“We’re going to leave it to the department to determine the best approach,” said Rep. Nicole Lowen,


Aquarium's 'seashore' to offer 150 animals to touch

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is busy getting its newest hands-on exhibit, Living Seashore, ready to open by spring.