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anthropologist Alfred Gell draws out the ominous intentions encoded in [a hunting trap’s] physical structure: “We read in it the mind of its author,” and a “model of its victim”—and more particularly the way that that model “subtly and abstractly represent[s] parameters of the animal’s natural behavior, subverted in order to entrap it”; hunting traps are “lethal parodies” of their prey’s behavior.

Added a year ago by Francis Tseng
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